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In the Heat of the Summer

Aug 24, 2021

Paul Read’s team took on a complex task at Robins Folly, Thurleigh (near Bedford). The job: taking down two decaying ash trees and siding up a large poplar. The terrain was awkward, and scheduling happened to line up with a July heatwave. Date: 22 July 2021 Location: Address: Robins Folly, Thurleigh Area: Cambridgeshire team Client: UK Power Networks Extra equipment: 26-meter tracked MEWP 33-meter tracked MEWP Tracked high-tip pedestrian dumper 230mm ...

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Case study: Off the Wall

Aug 10, 2021

Our client called this fault on 11 March, during the daytime. A large, diseased white poplar had fallen on the LV ABC overhead conductor – the tree was leaning over a public road and a brick wall. bts (West Midlands branch) dispatched a team of arborists to the site. The team arrived, assessed the tree, and proposed a plan for work with possible wall and conductor damage in mind. The landowner, however, stated that he would not accept any wall damage. The work After further assessment ...

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Ash Dieback

Apr 13, 2021

Paul Hanson dives into one of the biggest issues affecting the arboriculture industry Ash Dieback (AD, also known as Chalara) hit headlines in 2012 as a new, aggressive tree-killing disease. That seems a long time ago. In less than a decade, AD has marched through the UK and now affects trees nationwide.   England’s southern counties show dramatic signs of the disease, and early symptoms can be seen across the UK. What’s the impact?  The likely impact of Chala...

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bts helps spruce up local Christmas tree

Nov 30, 2020

(Left: Jason Webb; Centre: Bury Developments' Austin Cornish; Right: Clive Collins) bts Group Ltd cutters, working with local building contractors Bury Developments, helped spread some festive cheer this month by hanging goodwill stars on Christmas trees in Bury St Edmunds.  bts arborists Clive Collins and Jason Webb took a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) to Angel Hill and the Bury St Edmunds marketplace, decorating the trees with stars bearing children’s memories of goodwill g...

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Lone worker gadget rollout

Aug 25, 2020

Arboriculture firm bts Group is rolling out new tech to protect its lone workers.  The arboriculture industry, by its nature, includes plenty of work in remote locations. bts is providing its lone workers – mainly surveyors – with MicroGuards as an upgrade to current procedures. Initially, this will be on the UKPN contract, but it may be extended to other areas.  MicroGuard, produced by PeopleSafe, is a small device designed to get help in the case of an accident. Its SOS...

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bts hires new contract support for Scotland work

Jul 21, 2020

bts welcomes Brenna Woollard, contract support administrator, to its head office team. Based in Suffolk, Brenna will work on bts’s contract with SSE, a distribution network operator (DNO) in Scotland. She’ll collaborate remotely with Paul Hanson, bts’s SSE works manager, who’s based in Perth.  Brenna will make sure everything runs smoothly, gathering information and producing reports for Paul. She brings years of administrative experience to the role. Her professio...

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Case study: Overcoming the odds

Jul 7, 2020

Quick look Date: 15-16 June 2020 Location: Mill Lane, Barrington  Water Meadows  Branch: Cambridgeshire (headed by Paul Read) Client: UK Power Networks Crew: Planning team: Paul Read, Fred Rogers (UKPN), Jon Munden Surveyor: Rob Taylor Cutting teams:  Tim Rogers (UKPN) Rob Cox Matt Warden (bts) AMC (subcontractor)  Beach Electrical (subcontractor)  K&B (subcontractor) Premier Trees (subcontractor)    On the da...

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Bring in your chainsaws – bts Service is open for business

Jun 16, 2020

Trev’s back in his workshop, which means bts Service is back in business after lockdown. Trevor Swayne runs bts Service, based at the Lion Barn, Maitland Rd. He’s been repairing chainsaws since 1987 and is well known as a local expert. Arborists come to the Needham Market workshop from all over East Anglia. Chainsaw, strimmer and brush cutter repairs and maintenance are ongoing at the arb firm. bts Service’s one-man staff and spacious workshop meant it could reopen in good ti...

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bts starts Wirral work for SPEN

Jun 16, 2020

bts Group Ltd, a leading arboriculture firm in the utilities sector, is now working with SP Energy Networks (SPEN) on Wirral. As of May, bts has been tree cutting and managing vegetation around power lines for distribution network operator (DNO) SPEN on Wirral, a region in northwest England. Jon Pearson, bts senior contract manager, will lead a team of specialist tree cutters. New venture in uncertain times SPEN and bts embarked on the new contract as the UK began to loosen Covid-19 restric...

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bts helps rejuvenate NHS hospital grounds

Jun 2, 2020

Arborists from bts Group Ltd spent bank holiday Monday helping a hospital. Distribution network operator (DNO) SP Energy Networks asked bts to collaborate on a pro bono job for Arrowe Park, an NHS hospital in the Wirral. Why Arrowe Park? The hospital fought the Covid-19 pandemic from the start and paid a toll: over 200 patients with the disease have died in Wirral University Teaching Hospital (which includes Arrowe Park). Arrowe Park also lost a nurse, Julie Penfold, to the disease. SPEN wa...

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