A recent job saw us having to fell a Cracking Willow tree that had long since died and was now becoming a hazard.
As with any tree felling, a site risk assessment is necessary, looking at the environment we will have to work in and all external elements to make sure we can work as safely as possible.
For this job we had 2 major risk factors to be considered, one being the tree itself that was very brittle, but also its location, right by a large pond. Dead trees are extra brittle and can easily break apart as we climb the canopy, so being able to tie off lines to other surrounding trees would give us the required suspension needed whilst up high.
A job like this generally starts with knocking off the canopy branches and thinning the tree in so it becomes more managable. Luckily in this case much of that work had already been done by mother nature as the tree had already dropped a lot of big branches that were left floating in the pond below.
A job like this will see 2 or 3 people on the job, one working the tree itself and the others managing the fallen branches and logs that will be chopped up for firewood or put into our heavy duty chipper so we can take away the shaving or leave them for the owner to use around the garden.
A big risk with felling old and particularly dead trees is that they can act in a strange way when bringing them down – sometimes snapping off or springing and whipping out as they fall, this sort of job should not be undertaken by anyone other than a qualified tree surgeon.
We’ve got the equipment, training and experience to make sure the job goes smoothly and is done in a way to reduce damage to surrounding grounds.