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A Guide to Rigging Equipment

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A Guide to Rigging Equipment

Whether it’s as simple as preventing damage to nearby shrubs by falling branches or as hazardous as pruning trees close to overhead powerlines, safety conforming lowering equipment is vital to professional arborists and tree surgeons....

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A Guide to First Aid for Arborists

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A Guide to First Aid for Arborists

While it’s always best to avoid the need for first aid by preventing accidents in the first place, working as an arborist comes with inherent risks....

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Accidents In The Arb Industry

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Accidents In The Arb Industry

Working outdoors, especially when dealing with dangerous equipment and a hazardous environment, requires careful attention to detail. This is especially true for forestry and arboriculture—both high-risk industries that involve aerial work and the ...

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A Buyer's Guide to the Best Workwear Gloves

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A Buyer's Guide to the Best Workwear Gloves

Workwear gloves are an essential element of a tree worker’s personal protective equipment and getting the right glove for the job is important, but not a...

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The Essential Gear Guide for Basic Rigging for Arborists

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The Essential Gear Guide for Basic Rigging for Arborists

Tree rigging, for those not already familiar with this term, is the method by which we dismantle and lower branches and trunk sections of trees. Ranging from wholesale felling, to awkwardly shaped branches and tight drop zones requiring highly contro...

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The Evolution of the Arborist Climbing Harness

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The Evolution of the Arborist Climbing Harness

Harnesses are some of the most rapidly developing instruments in an arborist’s arsenal. Within the space of 20 years, there’s been a dramatic shift from gear that gets the job done, to specialist feature focused harnesses that excel on an ergonom...

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A Guide to Basic Tree Climbing Knots, pt.2

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A Guide to Basic Tree Climbing Knots, pt.2

A sound knowledge of knots is something that you as an arborist are going to draw on time and again throughout your career. Whether it is to work safely at heights, ensure a safe descent or to attach one item of equipment to another, knots are indisp...

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How to Protect Your Arborist Equipment Through Winter

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How to Protect Your Arborist Equipment Through Winter

As Arborists, we work throughout the year regardless of the season or weather condition. Although by choice we’d order mild and dry weather all year round, the cold and wet months are unavoidable and winter always brings its own set of issues to na...

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How to Become an Arborist

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How to Become an Arborist

Working in a job that you’re passionate about has a significant impact on your quality of life. The challenge can be finding a profession that is less of a job, and more of a calling. A typical 9-5, sitting in front of a computer all day in an inca...

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The Ethics of Tree Removal

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The Ethics of Tree Removal

Tree removal has sometimes drawn an ambiguous line on ethics. In light of events in Sheffield, that is highlighted more than ever....

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The Essential Equipment for any Entry-Level Arborist

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The Essential Equipment for any Entry-Level Arborist

Setting yourself up as an Arborist can often be a costly process. Before you can get yourself up a tree, you’ll need to get kitted out with a range of industry-specific equipment. And with the wide range of arborist equipment on the market, it can ...

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A Guide to Buying a New Arborist Climbing Harness

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A Guide to Buying a New Arborist Climbing Harness

Your harness is one of the most integral and vital parts of your daily work kit. A harness provides you with safety, security and facilita...

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A Guide to Basic Tree Climbing Knots, pt. 1

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A Guide to Basic Tree Climbing Knots, pt. 1

The rope is an essential item of gear for all arborists, the central mechanism used in climbing, rigging, rappelling and a multitude of other aspects within the realm of arboriculture. No other profession ties knots as frequently and with such var...

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A Guide to Rope Throwing and Throwlines

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A Guide to Rope Throwing and Throwlines

Welcome to the world of rope throwing and throwlines. In this article we’re going to look at the tools and the techniques used by arborists, allowing them to install a rope high in the tree without even having to leave the ground....

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Women's Work: The Challenges Facing Female Arborists

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Women's Work: The Challenges Facing Female Arborists

Historically arboriculture has primarily been a field of study and work dominated by men. Like many careers that require a certain amount of physical exertion, strength and risk, a cultural gender bias has, albeit not directly, excluded women from...

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Products and Techniques for Controlling Pests on Woody Plants

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Products and Techniques for Controlling Pests on Woody Plants

Insects and mites are part and parcel of the natural landscape, and unfortunately for you and your plant life, they are voracious herbivores, meaning that their feeding habits affect the aesthetic beauty of your plants, as well as severely weakeni...

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A Guide to Workwear PPE regulations

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A Guide to Workwear PPE regulations

If you employ outdoor workers, then your responsibility for keeping them safe involves ensuring they are provided with the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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What is CE Approval and why it Matters?

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What is CE Approval and why it Matters?

CE marking directives apply to all manner of products, as well as the machinery, tools and personal protective equipment used in the outdoor workplace. From kettles and kids...

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A Guide to Workplace Noise and Ear Protection

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A Guide to Workplace Noise and Ear Protection

In this short guide, I want to look at ear protection, why it’s important and what the law says when it comes to ensuring your wo...

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A Guide to Chapter 8 in the Traffic Signs Manual

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A Guide to Chapter 8 in the Traffic Signs Manual

Chapter 8 is of significant importance to tree surgeons and arborists, who are often temporarily working on the roadside....

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A Guide to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

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A Guide to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

LOLER regulations apply to any employer or self employed person who is providing or using lifting and lowering equipment at work.

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A Guide to Chainsaw Safety Best Practice

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A Guide to Chainsaw Safety Best Practice

There are many uses for chainsaws in outdoor work but undoubtedly the most common area in which you’ll find chainsaws at work is in tree surgery. Whether it be corrective or maintenance pruning, removal of dead or unstable branches or dealing with ...

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Rope Safety, Working Loads and Breaking Strains

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Rope Safety, Working Loads and Breaking Strains

I’ve spoken on these pages before about the importance of good rope care, such as keeping your rope clean, using a rope bag and properly coiling ...

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5 Health and Safety Tips for the Outdoors Workplace

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5 Health and Safety Tips for the Outdoors Workplace

For arborists and tree surgeons, working outdoors means taking all the necessary precautions and using the best certified arborist gear and equipment ...

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A Guide to Tree Felling Licensing

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A Guide to Tree Felling Licensing

For the most part, it's necessary to obtain permission from the Forestry Commission before felling growing trees. This permission is given in the form of a licence or via approval from a Dedication Scheme. In any case wherever and whenever you wis...

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A Guide to Good Rope Care

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A Guide to Good Rope Care

As part of any professional's equipment, arborist climbing ropes are a fundamental element o...

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Understanding Arboriculture: Pruning

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Understanding Arboriculture: Pruning

Trees need regular pruning for a number of reasons. These include allowing more air to circulate while encouraging more balanced development; to manage the tree's height; or to remove branches that are in the way. Additionally, pruning may be nece...

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Understanding Arboriculture: Tree Removal

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Understanding Arboriculture: Tree Removal

Trees can easily become damaged in a storm or become infected with a number of parasites or pathogens that it can't survive. It’s always a good idea to call an expert to assess the health of any tree that is causing concern, before it become...

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Understanding Arboriculture: Tree Planting

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Understanding Arboriculture: Tree Planting

Arborists are responsible for the maintenance and conservation of healthy trees and this includes the cultivation of new specimens. Planting is therefore a fundamental component of the arborist's work. Planting involves a lot of considerations, such ...

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Understanding Arboriculture: Agroforestry

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Understanding Arboriculture: Agroforestry

Agroforestry is the practice of growing trees and shrubs in farmland (either crops or livestock). At its heart, it’s a land management system that reduces dependency on monoculture, helping to create an economically, environmentally and soci...

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Five Devastating Tree Diseases

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Five Devastating Tree Diseases

Tree diseases aren’t often a topic of conversation you hear outside of conservationist or academic circles but the degree of devastation they pose, and have already caused, to our much loved British countryside is at odds with this observation....

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The Arborist's Ultimate Gear Guide: Cobra Bracing

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The Arborist's Ultimate Gear Guide: Cobra Bracing

The Cobra Bracing System is the result of practical scientific insights resulting from years of research results and control studies. We believe it’s the best bracing system out there, let's take a look why

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