Tree Surgeon vs Arborist

“Tree surgeon” is the well-known term for someone who can help manage and care for your trees, yet there is often confusion regarding the more in-depth role of an arborist or aboriculturist. Mike Charkow explains his professional qualifications for services such as tree condition inspections and BS5837 surveys.

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Mike features in Arb Mag (Autumn 2017)

I am delighted to be featured in Arb Magazine’s Autumn edition, having written an article on the use of Air Spade for soil de-compaction and root investigation. The article discusses the pros and cons of the tool – and after several years of using one, I would certainly say that there are more pros! The […]

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Cowdenbeath Tree Lights

Five trees lit up for Christmas in Cowdenbeath. This tree lighting was done under contract from Fife-based Arro. These lights line the path from the railway station towards the football stadium, round the back of the leisure centre.  We think they look great! AV Arboriculture have worked with Arro on many successful tree lighting projects from […]

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Protecting Bats on the Beauly-Denny Power Line

Why protect bats? The British Standards Institute announced that a new standard would soon be introduced to protect bats and their roosts during construction work or tree surgery (now known as BS8596:2015). Arbor Vitae Arboriculture were ahead of the game somewhat, carrying out highly detailed and professional inspections of woodland for bats. The Beauly-Denny Power Line […]

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Ash Limb Failure

Reasons to inspect trees: fungus A fungal fruiting body of the fungus Dryad’s Saddle (Polyporous squamosus) had been evident for several years prior to the limb failure. This is usually a localised decay, however the extent of decay plus the mass of the limb led to a spectacular failure, ripping a large area of living […]

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Windblown Cherry

Reasons to inspect trees: storm damage This mature Gean (Wild Cherry; Prunus avium) was on the receiving end of 103 mph winds in January 2012. It had some structural weaknesses that finally failed with the extreme weather. Luckily there was no damage to either of the adjacent houses. Trees are much more likely to fail […]

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Protecting Trees on a Development Site

Why protect trees? Tree roots need access to oxygen and water in order for the tree to survive. Building and development sites can be particularly prone to compacted soil, which prevents filtration of air and water to the tree roots and the tree will rapidly suffer. The cause of soil compaction is often the movement […]

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Calais Muir Woods Art Installations

One dreich December day, Marion (from Urban Pioneers), Andrew and myself met at Calais Muir woods in Dunfermline. The wood consists mainly of young Birch and some mature  Beech.  The woods have recently had a fair bit of investment, with new hard-core paths, and some tree works.  Even on a cold, damp and dull day, […]

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Tree Lights in Edinburgh

Princes Street Gardens In the early winter of 2008 had the honour of being part of the team, several years ago, that stripped out the old , worn out, squirrel-eaten Christmas tree lights from trees in Prices Street Gardens, Edinburgh and then inserted the brand new LED lights that you can see each December. The […]

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