Merry Christmas from Leaf Matters!
Tree surgeons like Leaf Matters carry out various tasks on trees, including care and maintenance along with hazard assessments. The average tree surgeon is physically fit, not troubled by working at heights and generally has a passion for the environment. Having an interest in conservation is also a great quality to have.
Due to the delicate nature of the work and the dangerous equipment involved, extensive training is required. Ropes, ladders, harnesses, and a wide array of other safety and access equipment is utilised in this job and you need to know how to properly handle and use them. On top of this many tree surgeons use dangerous machinery like stump grinders and wood chippers. Training is needed before anybody uses any of these to maximise safety.
It is quite common for people to move into a tree surgery position after gaining experience as a ground worker that assists the surgeons. Health and safety applies to this job just like every other and people are required to wear protective gear whilst on the job.
If you are looking to get into this line of work it is an excellent idea to find some volunteering opportunities. The best thing to do is to contact your local National or Woodland Trust to find out if they have any opportunities for you. Specialist colleges have courses on offer that can also aid in finding work, such as the Level 2 Diploma in Arboriculture. Degree options exist too and relevant courses include forestry, countryside management, woodland ecology and conservation, and forest management.
Now that the cold, wet, and windy weather is finally upon us you need to make sure that you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. With recent flooding in the UK (again) now is the time to take action, if you haven’t already.
For many people, this means checking the structural soundness of their property, which is a good idea, but lots of people forget about their gardens or outside spaces. When it rains, you need to make sure that your garden is clean and tidy, and here are a few reasons why.
When it rains, the water needs to be able to run away properly, otherwise you could get mould and damp inside your home, and pools of water in the garden. During the winter, falling leaves are the major reason behind blocked drains and guttering, so make sure you clean yours whenever you can. Or you could employ a tree surgeon to clip back your trees and hedges, helping you avoid blocked drains and gutters altogether. This also means not having to constantly check whether any leaves are blocking your drains or guttering, saving you lots of time in the future.