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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Stormy weather keeps Chaffin’s busy

    By camlo

    While storm St. Jude may have passed strong winds and torrential rain continue to linger on causing a number of damaged and fallen trees all across Sussex. PJ Chaffin has been hard at work dealing with emergencies in Jevington, Westham and even further afield as we do our utmost to keep roads clear and to deal with trees that present a danger to the public and property.

    If you see any trees which have been damaged and may present a danger to the public, don’t hesitate to contact your local council.

  6. Chaffin’s helps save historic tree:

    By camlo

    Residents of Winchelsea were dismayed to find the Wesley Tree was suffering from a fungal infection. The historic ash which was grown from cuttings of the tree where Methodist founder John Wesley gave his final sermon in 1790. Initial reports of ash dieback were quickly ruled out, and the native hairy bracket fungus (Inonotus hispidus) was identified.

    PJ Chaffin acted swiftly to remove dead limbs, and give the ailing tree a better shot at recovery. While the tree itself may succumb to the fungus, PJ Chaffin in association with the Winchelsea Heritage conservation group have arranged for cuttings and seeds to be taken so that the tree may be replanted ensuring Wesley’s legacy may be enjoyed by future generations.

    For more information on the tree and its history, visit the Winchelsea Parish Council’s website

  7. Experienced tree surgeon urgently sought

    By camlo

    We are seeking an experienced climber or team leader to fill vacancy.

    Ideal candidate would have CS30, CS31, CS38 & 39 tickets. Driving license not essential, but preferred.

    Highly competitive rates of pay offered and generous relocation package to the right candidate to cover relocation to East Sussex.

    Great opportunities and continual personal development for all candidates.

    To apply, please e-mail CV and covering letter to

  8. Squirrel nest stops tree work

    By camlo

    Recent tree works being undertaken in East Sussex were called to a halt when it was discovered a family of squirrels were nesting in a tree designated to be felled. While squirrels are not protected under government legislation, it seemed unfair to evict these local residents! Work shall now continue once they have found themselves a new home.

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    While squirrels are not protected, many other species are. Natural England have produced a handy guide so your works may proceed without undue delays and in full accordance with government legislation.

  9. The importance of insurance:

    By camlo

    When searching for a tree surgeon, many people base their decisions on price alone. However many fail to realise unqualified and uninsured tree surgeons can end up costing far more in the long run. In a recent interview in Horticulture weekly, founder of Andy Hancock discusses the pitfalls of ‘cowboy’ tree surgeons, stating:

    “… Their insurance, if they have any, is unlikely to be valid if there is an issue. People should look for NPTC certificates. The biggest problem is people hire an arb contractor and an incident occurs, the person who instructed the incident is work is also potentially liable – and claims can run into the hundreds of thousands if a tree on their property caused damage to others.”

    Reputable tree surgeons actually operate with not one, but 3 separate types of insurance: professional indemnity, public liability, and employers liability. Tree has produced a helpful list of these insurances and what they mean for both the tree surgeon and your works.

    If you want to make sure you have reputable, safe, and fully insured works – don’t hesitate to contact PJ Chaffin today! We have the full complement of insurance as well as a number of industry recognised certifications – including membership of the Arboricultural Association.

  10. PJ Chaffin making way for spring

    By camlo

    PJ Chaffin has carried out a number of tree removal and stump grinding jobs in the Polegate and the local area, clearing out dead wood and making way for the spring bloom! Chaffin is able to provide the full tree works service, from felling the tree, to grinding it and finally safe and tidy removal of the debris. And while you’re waiting for spring to arrive, why not keep the fires burning with logs from our partner company Quality Logs.

    Don’t hesitate to contact us today and get your tree works carried out in time for the spring sunshine!

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