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  1. Britain’s oldest tree in peril

    By camlo

    The Telegraph recently reported that a 4,000 year old Ashbrittle Yew Tree which is thought to be the oldest living thing in Britain, may finally be dying. The 38ft Yew Tree is located in Ashbrittle, Somerset, 10 miles from the town of Taunton and has been a beloved local landmark for millennia. The tree is showing a number of signs of poor health including wilted branches, falling leaves and a hollowing truck.

    Yet all may not be lost, as some arboriculturalists have pointed out, trees of this age often go through periods like this and recover and continue to live. Read the full story here.

    Tree health, tree surgery

  2. Tree pollarding: when and how?

    By camlo

    Tree pollarding is the act of pruning tree growth back to a manageable level. This is done for a variety of reasons, including reducing the amount of shade cast by trees, making sure trees don’t outgrow their surrounding garden environment, and also to avoid disrupting local infrastructure such as cabling and adjoining properties.

    Many trees in fact benefit from regular pollarding, as it cuts away dead and unnecessary branches and growth, prolonging their life.

    The best time to pollard most trees is in the dormant winter months when trees have dropped their leaves and it is easiest to see how the overall pollard will take shape. There are exceptions to this rule however; for example Walnut trees are best pruned in July.

    If you have a tree which you think would benefit from pollarding, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

    Tree pollarding, pollarding

  3. Dealing with slippery leaves

    By camlo

    While Autumn may traditionally be associated with the shedding of leaves, the problem of leaves on pavements and roads persists well into the winter months. Aside from making gardens and green spaces look untidy, a build up of leaves can damage lawns and also present a potential risk as they become slippery in the winter rains.

    Here at Chaffin’s we provide a full leaf blowing service, making short work of even large areas of leaf coverage. So don’t hesitate to contact us today!

  4. Seaford residents to plant 1000 new trees

    By camlo

    Tomorrow (November the 29th), all residents of Seaford are being invited to take part in the planting of 1000 new trees in the Chalvington Fields area. The saplings have been chosen from a stock of native species.

    The event is being organised as part of the Tree Council’s National Tree Week, and The Big Tree Plant which aims to boost the numbers of new trees being planted across the country, ultimately aiming to have one million new trees planted by 2015.  Local tree wardens will be c0ordinating the event which is open to everyone, regardless of age and experience.

    For more information and how to get involved, click here.

    Saplings, Tree Planting

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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:

    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!

  10. 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.