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  1. Woman killed by tree as remnants of Gonzalo hit

    By camlo

    A woman has been killed by a falling tree in the London Borough of Kensington as the remnants of tropical storm Gonzalo hit the UK. Additionally, three other people were injured by falling trees across Sussex as winds reached speeds of 65mph. The worst of the storm is expected to be over by the end of the day, but high winds are expected to continue throughout the week.

    During the aftermath of the storm please be on the look out for damaged or unsafe trees and report them to local authorities as soon as possible to prevent any further danger to the public.


  2. Ash Dieback a continuing problem in Kent

    By camlo

    Chalara fraxinea, known commonly as ash dieback disease is a continuing problem across Kent, which was one of the first areas to be affected by the disease, battling it since 2012. The Forestry Commission has recently released a new leaflet on managing the problem in Kent, with a number of handy tips and advice for local residents, tree works contractors, and land owners.

    The guide has detailed information regarding the affected area, the symptoms of the disease, and how woodland can be managed to minimise its impact. If you see signs of ash dieback in woodlands in your area, contact your local council immediately.

    The full pdf is available to read here.


  3. Chaffin’s carries out the summer essentials:

    By camlo

    While the weather may be beginning to feel more autumnal than summery, PJ Chaffin has continued to keep gardens looking at their best for summer usage. We have been carrying out a number of hedge trimming and grass cutting jobs across the South East, to ensure both private and public gardens look their best this summer month.

    If you are in need of hedge trimming, grass cutting, wood chipping or site clearance works, don’t hesitate to contact us today and make the most of our years of experience, and what is left of the British summer!


  4. Chaffin’s prepares hedges for summer

    By camlo

    PJ Chaffin has recently undertaken a number of public and private hedge trimming works across the South East region to ensure that hedge rows are looking as good as they can in the summer months. It is particularly important that public thoroughfares are maintained during the pleasant weather as usage will be at peak levels.

    PJ Chaffin also reminds keen gardeners to make sure to their trees receive extra water in the hot weather, as rainfall alone may not be sufficient! For in depth guidance on managing your trees, consult the Forestry Commission’s in depth guide.

    Tree Care, Sussex


  5. Tree climbers wanted

    By camlo

    PJ Chaffin is seeking new climbing and tree surgery talent. Are you an experienced tree climber, or a tree surgeon interested in developing climbing abilities? If so, get in touch and send a CV and covering letter to: info@pjchaffin.com

    As part of our on-going commitment to advance the skills and opportunities of our employees, PJ Chaffin recently hosted an internal training event to teach climbing skills to current and potential staff. So for exciting and rewarding opportunities, get in touch today!


  6. Cable bracing at Holy Trinity

    By camlo

    Following Chaffin’s dramatic emergency works to prevent a dangerous tree damaging the Holy Trinity vicarage, PJ Chaffin has returned to carry out a comprehensive condition and safety survey on all trees on site. The outcome of this survey was that one of the mature beech trees on site was in need of cable bracing.

    cable bracing, Eastbourne

    Cable bracing is a process whereby two trees are bound together by the medium of a cable, with a weaker and potentially unstable tree being supported and bolstered by a nearby counterpart. It is a non-invasive method to provide tree support, and is particularly useful in providing support to the crown of the tree in heavy winds. In this instance PJ Chaffin opted to use cobra hollow rope – a lighter and more modern solution used in place of, or to complement traditional steel cable bracing.


  7. Spraying season commences:

    By camlo

    As the weather begins to heat up and spring gets fully underway, many gardens are bursting into life with blooming flowers and the green shoots of new growth. However, spring also marks the season of Ragwort and Japanese Knotweed – two invasive plant species.

    Ragwort poses a risk to livestock and particularly horses, as ingestion is damaging and potentially even fatal. Japanese Knotweed poses risks of a different variety – a fast growing weed that quickly takes over gardens and can even grow through concrete. Both of these pests are best treated through chemical spraying, so don’t hesitate to contact PJ Chaffin today and make sure you can enjoy your garden in peace!


  8. Decay detection:

    By camlo

    Monitoring a large amount of trees can be a daunting task, especially when outward appearances don’t always give a full picture of the health of a tree. Fortunately, a number of hi-tech innovations have allowed decay detection technology to advance significantly utilising Tomogoraphy and micro-drilling to scan inside trees and identify any potential problems.

    These methods can be used without damaging the health of the tree, and are becoming increasingly important in woodland management – so don’t hesitate to contact Chaffin’s and ask us about decay detection as part of your tree care solutions.

    Sample Output


  9. Chaffin’s fells elm threatening Holy Trinity Church

    By camlo

    The unprecedented persistence of strong winds took its toll on one long standing resident of Eastbourne this week – an elm tree in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church was weakened to the point it was in danger of falling on the historic church and presenting a serious risk to both the public and property.

    Chaffin’s quickly responded to fell the huge tree even in the face of continuing treacherous weather conditions. For the full video, click here.


  10. Flooding affects Sussex:

    By camlo

    Torrential rains falling atop the already sodden and windswept ground has caused widespread flooding across Sussex, causing major disruption to trains and road networks alike. Between 20 and 40 mm of rain fell overnight, flooding the Balcombe rail tunnel cutting services between Hastings and London Victoria and also closing the A23.

    This prolonged period of storms, torrential rain and flooding poses a serious risk to trees, especially in areas of high wind exposure and on areas such as inclines and embankments. Here at Chaffin’s we ask everyone to be vigilant and report dangerous trees to their local authorities as soon as possible, and also keep an eye on any trees within your property boundary and check them regularly for any signs of damage or distress.