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Now Taking Commissions

We are now taking commissions for bespoke, handmade furniture. From dining tables to hallway tables, we can literally make any piece of hand crafted furniture to order. So if you have something in mind that…

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Rites of Day – The day walk

On my route I passed 2 different species of Oak tree; Quercus robur (Common Oak) and Quercus petraea (Sessile Oak); picking a leaf from each which I carried the length of the journey and took home. I stopped at the…

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Contractors Health & Safety Scheme (CHAS)

Safety is paramount during our tree operations. This is why it’s so important for Newcastle Tree Services Ltd to have renewed our Contractors Health & Safety Scheme Certificate for 2019-2020.

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Trees of the week

Trees of the week. Verses for the days of the week. Based on the German originals by Johannes Hemleben. Tuesday: So speaks iron Mars through the gnarled Oak tree. “Take root in the depths and reach up to the heights. Be stalwart and strong…

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A Thank You

Business doesn’t come without its difficult days. I breathed a sigh of relief when my eyes fell on this today. Here is the first piece in a range of furniture we are creating, made from trees we have felled locally. Designed & handmade in our workshop in Northumberland.

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Sectional Dismantle of Sycamore

This week we removed an Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore) tree from a Church car park. We used a sectional dismantle method. Operations Manager Checo climbed the tree with rope and harness…

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Slowing Down

Monday morning. We have 2 tree prunes and 1 tree removal today. I have 4 site visits this afternoon and I’ve just received a call from a children’s nursery in Newcastle to undertake a Safety Inspection and advise on any work…

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Spalting

The accentuated black lines in the wood is called spalting. Spalting is caused by fungi primarily in dead wood. And this beautiful and unique coloration in spalting is actually sought by woodworkers…

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Origins of Name – Douglas Fir

Steve Brown, Founder, standing next to a section of a Douglas Fir from Canada, displayed in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow. This tree is named after the Scottish…

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Root Pruning

The manager of an elderly care home contacted me with a complaint from a residential next door neighbour. The roots of a Silver Birch tree were exposed and growing across the neighbour’s lawn causing trip hazards for her children…

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Reset. Unwind. Connect.

A few weekends ago I was taken to Edinburgh Botanic Gardens. A new place to visit for me and a time to reset, unwind and connect with people I love and share with them the mesmerising…

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Tree Hazard Assessment

Have you ever wanted to assess and diagnose your own trees? Just like a doctor in a hospital or surgery, we all have the ability to identify, examine the symptoms and diagnose the fungi, disease…

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Tree Mysteries Explained

Recently a valued client got in touch with this photograph of a Prunus Amanogawa (Cherry) tree. Strangely, shoots had begun to grow out the side of the root stock and he queried what to do…

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Branch Pruning / Target Pruning

Target pruning is how we prune trees in a way that enables them to heal. Pruning a branch causes wounding to any tree. Just like human skin, tree wounds will heal themselves if treated in…

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Moss Wall

I’ve become slightly obsessed with bringing nature indoors! It’s this reconnecting and living in harmony with our earth that I feel is so important. Checo, Operations Manager at Newcastle Tree Services, is dedicating some…

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Wood Wide Web

As an arborist I look to trees for guidance, lessons and better ways to live when attending to my human life. Research originally undertaken in Oregon in the last decade has discovered a Wood Wide Web directly beneath our feet!

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Finding Myself

People ask me “why did you become a tree surgeon?” The reason is because in 2008 my best friend died in a fire. I was shocked, my heart torn apart and living was about to get much harder. I have found time and time again that difficult and often awful events like when my best friend…

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Community Pruning

I believe in using community to connect with our earth as a way to heal and create peace within our lives so the other Sunday I attended my village fruit tree pruning in our village orchard; one of two prunes undertaken each year, guided by Tom, an archaeologist…

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Time to inspect your trees!

I love the time of year when I start to notice weird and wonderful fungal brackets growing on trees. Each bracket is different from the last and there are literally hundreds of different fungi growing on all species of tree across the world.

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Inonotus Hispidus

Some days are often mundane and boring. During these times its important for me to stay open to possibilities. I consider myself lucky because when I spy some tree fungi my neuron’s light up into overdrive. Recently I was walking through the grounds of St. Nicholas Hospital in Newcastle and…

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Dead Man’s Fingers!

The earthern fingers of an unfortunate woodcutter, grasping for light and air? Fortunately not. This is a fungus called Xylaria polymorpha, also know as Dead Man’s Fingers. Checo, our lead climber, found these black, club shaped…

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A Walk in the Woods

The weekend is time for me to leave the city and reconnect with nature. My phone is turned off for much of the weekend and I spend it with family and close friends. I’m looking for meaningful connections, with people and with myself. I find one of the best places to do this is through being outdoors…

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Shaggy Scalycap

This Pholiota squarrosa AKA Shaggy scalycap is living happily in the stem wound of this Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore) photographed last weekend in Barrowburn, Northumberland, UK. This parasitic, straw coloured mushroom has a shaggy hair effect on its cap and stem. It has gills on the underside and can be found growing…

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It tastes like Chicken!

This is Laetiporus sulphureus, also known as Chicken of the Woods. I found this fungus growing on an Ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior), Summer 2014 in the Lake District, by Bassenthwaite Lake. This fungus grows on a wide range of broad-leafed trees and conifers, from early Summer through to Autumn.

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Protected Trees

Newcastle’s trees and woodlands are an important feature of our landscape and townscape, making our city greener and healthier.To ensure that our trees remain for all to enjoy, the Local Planning Authority - in this case Newcastle City Council Planning - have...

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Government sets out strategy to tackle Ash dieback

A new strategy to tackle Ash dieback has been published today by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson alongside the Tree and Plant Health Task Force’s interim report. The Chalara Control Plan sets out the Government’s objectives for tackling the disease and outlines...

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Ash Tree Disease | Chalara Dieback of Ash

This information is taken from the Forestry Commission1. What exactly is it / Background?Chalara dieback of ash is a disease of ash trees (Fraxinus species) caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea (C. fraxinea). The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in...

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