Improving Operational Efficiency

 

In todays demanding climate, we are continually looking to improve our service, offer better value for money and obviously become more efficient.

The steady expansion in the company has led to the opening of the position of Operations Manager working with our landscape teams.

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Luke McCusker – Operations Manager

 

We are pleased to welcome to the team Luke McCusker, he started with the company in July. His role will include supporting the operational teams on site and in the depot, along with working closely with clients and site managers to ensure we continue improve the service we deliver.

Luke joins us following 12 years working in various roles including risk and contingency on large and capital schemes for Severn Trent Water.

 

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Tree work on Golf Course

 

We have a number of golf course customers that we have undertaken a range of works for over the years, including fencing, groundworks and tree surgery.

Our most recent project is being undertaken at Windmill Village Hotel, Golf Club & Spa, where we are undertaking remedial tree works, both around the hotel and throughout the golf course itself.

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Located in a picturesque and secluded part of the West Midlands Countryside on the outskirts of Coventry, Windmill Village Hotel, Golf Club & Spa provides quality accommodation alongside luxury spa day experiences and a glorious 18-hole golf course.

We are experienced in the requirements of clients such as golf courses, country parks etc. and understand the sensitivity required when working on a sensitive site alongside the general public.

Should you have a project similar to this and would like to discuss it with us then please call us on 0800 3287988 or email office@beechwoodtrees.co.uk

 

You can also visit our website www.beechwoodtrees.co.uk

 

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Emergency Call Out Response

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Storm Barney Hits The UK.

A yellow “be aware” warning for strong winds has been issued for parts of Wales, southern, central and eastern England for Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, as a series of low pressure systems move in from the Atlantic bringing unsettled weather.

The strong winds blew over a number of trees and branches from the tree stocks that we manage across the Midlands. Our prompt response to the emergencies had our crews working busily into the night, making the trees safe and clearing access routes.

The company receives regular updates on extreme weather fronts and ensures that we have sufficient staff on stand by to cover the event of an emergency call out.

If you would like to discuss having cover for your premises should you experience any tree failures, then please contact us on 0800 3287988 or email office@beechwoodtrees.co.uk its better to be prepared and know that you have a professional team on call in the unfortunate event of a fallen tree or limb.

 

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Professional Landscaping

 

As well as the commercial landscaping completed by the company, we are pleased to accept enquiries from one off domestic customers, from a small fencing or patio to full design and construction projects.

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Our experienced installers along with our range of equipment and resource enables us to complete projects for our domestic clients professionally and efficiently with minimum disturbance.

We recently completed landscaping works for a domestic client based in Coventry, they were “very pleased” with not only the quality of the work but also the attitude of our staff, which is evident by the lovely testimonial below:

 

We commissioned Beechwood Trees and Landscapes to carry out a full makeover of our back garden – which involved clearing out trees and shrubs, and erecting new fence panels and building a patio, path, raised flowerbed and pond. We were very pleased with the end result, but also with the helpful and friendly attitude of Beechwood’s team whilst they were on site.”     Trevor, Coventry

 

If you have an upcoming project that you would like to discuss with no obligation the please get in touch either by calling FREE on 0800 3287988 or emailing us office@beechwoodtrees.co.uk we will be happy to visit you and talk through your requirements.

visit our website www.beechwoodtrees.co.uk

 

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Ecological Supervision During Beech Tree Felling

A hollow Beech tree had to be felled under the ecologists supervision, the sequence of works can be found below….

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Our arborist can be seen climbing the limb on the right side of the tree/picture whilst undertaking the ‘soft fell’ operation

We were contracted to remove a Beech tree that was suspected to have the presence of bats. Ecological supervision was instructed and we undertook a climbing inspection which confirmed this. We began to systematically remove sections of the tree using advanced rigging techniques to ensure they were not disturbed during the operation.

The pieces of timber were then further checked once lowered to the ground by the ecologists.

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The ecologists use a Ridgid micro CA-300 Hand-Held Inspection Camera to check each section that is lowered. The screen identifies the presence of bats inside the cavity.

A suitable position to relocate the piece of timber was agreed and secured by our aborists in the canopy of an adjacent tree. The hollow Beech tree is then felled safely.

Section of Beech stem containing bat roost relocated.

Section of Beech stem containing bat roost relocated.

Hollow trunk of felled Beech

Hollow trunk of felled Beech

Bats have a high level of legal protection and are classified as European Protected Species (EPS).

Regulations which protect all EPS have been tightened in recent years and arboriculturists need to be extremely careful that they do not contravene these Regulations by inadvertently causing damage to bats or their roosts.

In order to reduce the chance of committing an offence under wildlife legislation it is important that arboriculturists develop policies and procedures setting out how trees will be assessed for bats and how this will be recorded.

 

          “At Beechwood Trees and Landscapes Ltd we are fully aware of our responsibilities and the companies potential impact on the environment during our work.

As demonstrated above, we make every effort to ensure we are compliant when undertaking our operations.”

Commented the Managing Director, Simon Rotheram.

 

If you would like to discuss a sensitive tree removal similar to the one described above then please feel free to call our office on 0800 328 7988 or email us on office@beechwoodtrees.co.uk and we will be happy to help.

 

 

 

 

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Tree maintenance for Corby Borough Council

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Following a successful tender submission, Beechwood Trees & Landscapes Ltd is celebrating securing a three year framework agreement for tree maintenance with Corby Borough Council. Our ongoing commitment to investing in both staff and equipment enabled us to have the confidence to pitch for this new business – and win it.

Corby Borough Council are clear on their mission to improve the quality of life for people living in the borough and Beechwood see tree maintenance as a core part of this ambition. Our activity will lead to a safer and more visually appealing environment for the residents of Corby, as we work on maintaining and nurturing tree stock in the region.

Beechwood are proud to be working with such a forward thinking Council which has great plans for the future of Corby centred on their ambition to double the population of Corby by 2030.

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Beechwood making a difference in Manchester

 

ManchesterTeams of Arborists from Beechwood Trees & Landscapes Ltd are heading up to Manchester to start work on an exciting 8 week project. They are undertaking tree works and vegetation management in readiness for the construction of the new A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road.

The new 10km dual carriageway is essential to this area of greater Manchester to generate economic growth for the region and improve access to the Airport and other key destinations. In addition, traffic congestion will be reduced which will lead to reduced journey times and an improvement in road safety and better air quality.

Beechwood successfully won this contract based on over 17 years’ experience and a proven track record of undertaking work of this nature efficiently with the ability to meet tight deadlines, thus facilitating major projects of this type.

We are delighted to be playing a key role in this new initiative which delivers improvements on so many fronts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beechwood Trees and Landscapes Ltd are proud to maintain Arb Approved Contractor status

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Beechwood are delighted to announce we have secured Arb Association, Arb AC re-approval for the sixth year running, achieving full compliance with the standards required. This follows two days of intense scrutiny of our company policies, procedures and working standards and methods to ensure that we meet the rigorous requirements set out by the Arb Association.

So, what does being an Arb Approved Contractor mean for our clients?

In a nutshell they can be assured that we will

  • Undertake good quality tree care
  • Look after our clients
  • Comply with current health and safety requirements
  • Work within the bounds of the law

Being an Arb Approved contractor enhances our professionalism and reflects our ongoing commitment to our own improvement and investment and to the industry as a whole. As our industry is not currently regulated by government, we believe it is vital to be associated with and support the Arb Association who are recognised industry wide as setting the standard for tree work.

For more information please visit our website.

 

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Beechwood are proud sponsors of R2.

 

The industry-led Register of Tree Work Operatives, known as R2, will be launched with the support of Makita at The Arb Show 2015, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Gloucestershire, Fri 5 – Sat 6 June 2015.

 

What is R2?

This initiative is designed to enable arborists to demonstrate their skill and experience levels and to help businesses identify which operatives have the required skills to undertake varying types of tree work.  For each job there are pre-determined criteria, which include qualifications and training, measures of task-specific experience and also time served within the industry.  To progress to the next grade, all the pre-requisite criteria must be attained and the relevant time served.  R2 will be quality assured to ensure that the worker will be at the required standards.

Why use R2?

The R2 scheme’s key objective is to encourage highly trained, flexible and skilled individuals and workforces who possess the relevant skills, training and resources to undertake the many different aspects of arboricultural work in a safe and efficient manner.  R2 intends to unite the arboricultural industry through a transparent and consistent skills and career progression framework, which will also benefit individuals from an employment perspective.

Arboricultural operatives can sign up for R2 at the Arb Show on stand T1B for an annual fee of £30, or less for employers with a number of employee registrations.  All those registering during the show and throughout the remainder of June will be entered into a prize draw to win a Makita EA5000-P45D 50cc chainsaw worth over £600.00. All registrant tree workers at the show will receive a free co-branded T shirt.  Registrations can also be made on www.r2register.co.uk.

Kevin Brannigan, marketing manager, Makita UK, says: “We have been working with arborists and tree workers for a number of years and we are delighted to support R2.  This is a pioneering project that recognises the skills of tree workers and businesses and is a great way to support the industry by creating and retaining highly trained individuals and flexible, skilled workforces at a professional level.”

The project is coordinated by a steering committee involving the Arboricultural Association, International Society of Arboriculture UK and Ireland Chapter, Glendale Countryside, Bartlett Tree Experts, A M Lane Ltd., Landex Colleges, Western Power Distribution, Makita UK and Lantra.  The group is chaired by Jaime Bray of Treetop Arboriculture.

Visit www.r2register.co.uk for more information about R2.  And for more information about Makita UK visit www.makitauk.com or follow us on Twitter @makitaUK and facebook.com/makitauk for our latest news and product launches.

 

 

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Beechwood Trees & Landscapes lead the way with Trailblazer Apprenticeships – and employer help is needed!

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Simon Rotheram, Managing Director of Beechwood Trees and Landscapes Limited, is part of a group of industry experts who have been working together to develop apprenticeship standards to ensure they are more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers.

“As a company that already employs apprentices, we have found them to be a great asset to our business”, says Simon. “Involvement in the development of this new apprenticeship scheme is vitally important to ensure that the learning criteria meets the requirements of both employers and learners. To ensure this, we would like to invite employers in the forestry, arboriculture, horticulture and landscape industries to express their views on the Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards to ensure they are fit for purpose and result in a highly motivated, highly competent workforce.”

So please, take this opportunity to have your say on what the future workforce will look like and make your views count by following this link:  http://lantra.co.uk/careers/trailblazer-apprenticeships-2015/arboriculture,-forestry-and-amenity-horticulture.

Visit the website to find out more: http://lantra.co.uk/careers/trailblazer-apprenticeships-2015/arboriculture,-forestry-and-amenity-horticulture. The consultation closes on 26 May, 2015.

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