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Christmas Tree Facts

10 Christmas tree facts to think about as you decorate your tree.

1.  1000 years ago in Northern Europe Christmas trees were hung upside down from chandeliers!

2.  The first documented use of a tree at Christmas was in the town square of Riga, the capital of Latvia, in the year 1510.

3.  Candles were originally used to decorate Christmas trees to represent the stars in the night sky, but of course this was a great fire hazard.  Electric lights have replaced the candles.  The first string of electric lights was created in 1880 by Thomas Edison, the inventor of the first successful practical light bulb.

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Wrong tree, wrong place

It's a common mistake. The wrong tree planted in the wrong place.

It's hardly surprising that this happens. It's not an easy decision to make. Hours can be spent at garden centres looking at trees and wondering which one to choose.

We're now entering the perfect time to plant trees. The leaves have fallen in autumn and the buds are yet to break through in spring.

Since Connick Tree Care is all about great looking tree that fit their environment, we'd like to give you some tips so that you can plant the right tree for the right place.

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Tree damage

This tree is damaged; but how?

Perhaps you’ve noticed damage to trees like this when you’ve been out walking in the park.

Here, the bark has been stripped from the trunk, but you might also notice damage to branches too.  If you thought this looks as though the trees been chewed, you’d be right.

What has caused the damage to the tree?

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Lansdowne Youth Centre

The Lansdowne Youth Centre is a small community project providing a relaxed atmosphere for young people in the Clapham and Stockwell area of Lambeth, where they can learn and develop through film and documentary evenings, discussion groups and other social activities.

The centre has recently been refurbished but the outside still needed a bit of TLC. Connick Tree Care was happy to lend a hand.

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Horseshoe bench

Supporting community projects

Woodland learning

Not even the drizzle could dash the smiles on the Hilltop Primary School children’s faces as they proudly introduced their Enchanted Garden to Crawley VIPs.

Originally the site was open grass grounds except for a mature oak and mountain ash. The School approached Rob Demel of Luna Projects and asked if he would help them to set out and establish a woodland learning environment for their children and staff.

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In the press with Wildlife

Wildlife Ground Care magazine featured in their Summer edition an article on Connick Tree Care’s latest delivery from Lister Wilder, a TW 240TDHB with its 270-degree rotating turntable. This takes our company ‘fleet’ of Timberwolfs up to five.

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Great tree care required

We recently had to tackle a large tree with severe decay in Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey.

You can see from the picture that the tree was:

  • Overhanging the road
  • Close to the house
  • Affecting the historic adjacent wall
  • Had a large heavy limb leaning towards the property

These factors meant that the job had to be undertaken by experienced arboricultural professionals.

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We could see further trees collapse months after the storms

According to the Met Office ‘December 2013 was within the top ten stormiest months and is arguably the stormiest calendar month since January 1993’.

All of our trees took a real pounding during the winter period and sadly many of those that had some kind of weakness didn’t survive. The majority of the trees that were damaged were coniferous such as Cypress Trees, Fir Trees, Pine Trees, Spruce Trees and Cedar Trees.

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Smoothing boundary issues between neighbours

Picture two Victorian houses situated in an attractive suburban road, both boasting beautifully maintained gardens.

Mrs. A is very fond of the large Sycamore tree in her front garden. It provides privacy from passersby and creates a beautiful view.

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Damaged roof

Happy New Year!... not for everyone

For the second time in recent months the UK has experienced extreme weather, where storms have created severe flooding and high winds have brought down trees, all causing damage, chaos and heartbreak.

One such emergency we dealt with over the Christmas break was to remove and make safe a tree that had fallen onto the roof and into the bedroom of a bungalow.

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