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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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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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bts key workers help keep UK on the grid

Apr 8, 2020

Arborists from bts Group Ltd are still working to support the UK’s power networks.  bts arborists, who provide vegetation management for Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), are classed as key workers in the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. bts helps maintain vital infrastructure in the UK, working to support DNOs like UK Power Networks and Western Power Distribution.  DNOs have suspended all non-safety critical work, a move designed to keep workers and the public safe while maintain...

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bts hires Business Development Manager for commercial tree surgery

Apr 1, 2020

bts Group Ltd is expanding its reach in the commercial sector by welcoming Gary Devereaux back to the company as business development manager. bts, a leading utilities arboriculture firm, has a small but successful commercial arm. Gary’s appointment will drive growth and diversification. Gary Devereaux previously worked with bts in commercial and sales roles, winning contracts with clients such as the Environment Agency and Western Power Distribution. He’s since worked across Eur...

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Case study: Badgers left unbadgered

Feb 25, 2020

Quick look Date: November 2018 Location: Address: Corsindae House, Midmar (near Inverurie), Aberdeenshire, Scotland OS grid ref: NJ 686 088 w3w: ///converged.crowns.left Branch: Scotland (headed by Paul Hanson) Client: SSEN Crew: Richard Air, Richard Blake, Ian Alexander, Brian Jarett, Owen Jamieson, Chris Baird, Roddy Milne & Chris Muldoon Equipment: MEWP, long reach tools, chainsaw, woodchipper Summary: bts Group was due to clear vegetati...

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bts is hiring: Suffolk-based contract support administrator

Feb 24, 2020

This is an opportunity to work within a growing, dynamic company in Needham Market, Suffolk.  37.5 hours per week on a permanent basis. Competitive salary, depending on qualifications and experience. The company bts Group is a tree surgery firm with a specialist niche. We cut trees and vegetation near to electricity lines and many of our clients are distribution network operators (DNOs). We’re part of the RSK Group of companies.  Our head office – where this role is ba...

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Storm Ciara: bts arborists help get the UK back on-grid

Feb 12, 2020

Storm Ciara battered the UK over the weekend, toppling trees and cutting power to more than half a million homes across the country. The storm brought down trees in alarming numbers with hurricane-force winds and heavy rain compounded by the wet autumn and winter. Months of wet weather saturated the soil, leaving root systems struggling to stay anchored in gales. Many of these fallen trees, along with branches torn loose by the wind, crashed into power cables, cutting power to homes and busine...

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bts responds to two-rope ruling

Feb 9, 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) clarified rules on two-rope climbing in the arboriculture industry. bts Group Ltd worked fast to comply. HSE announced in autumn 2019 that it would enforce Working at Height Regulations, Schedule 5, regarding the need to work with two independent lines installed over two independent anchors. Common interpretation of the existing rules was too loose, HSE decided, as many arborists felt that two-rope working increased risk in many situations – and ther...

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Midnight mission: bts tackle A12 in night-time road closure

Jan 22, 2020

Quick look Summary: bts Group Ltd and UK Power Networks secured power lines on the A12 after a road accident caused major damage near Colchester. Date: 9-10 Jan 2020 Client: UK Power Networks Crew: 16 tree cutters Equipment:  Floodlights, headlamps, spider MEWP   Details A London-bound driver hit an electricity pole taking a service line down across both carriageways. UK Power Networks acted fast to secure the site and restore the power supply,...

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