" "I had a large silver birch tree in my small garden that was starting to rot and therefore was concerned about its stability. Having found ‘Tree Survive’ on the web and the job now completed, I would have no problems recommending Rudi and his team. They are nice guys and very professional, furthermore they left my garden spotlessly clean, void of piles of sawdust." "
- M Pryor, Tunbridge Wells
" We had some crazy quotes for the tree work from several other companies, but felt Rudi's approach and pricing was fair and reasonable for what was required. We will definitely ask Rudi to do the next tree work that we have. Our little boys had a great day too, watching all the hard work and chainsaw action in the garden! "
" Rudi and Fynn have made such a difference to our woodland. They explained the process and the benefits of what they were doing - and were brilliant at ensuring specific areas that we use for the children have been made safe. We cannot recommend them highly enough for their expertise, professionalism and their enthusiasm for what they do. Thank you both for all you have done for our Enchanted Woodland. "
- Louise Neaves, Temple Hill Primary Academy
" Rudi was very prompt both in providing the quote and in carrying out the work. He and his team worked very efficiently to deal quickly and thoroughly with two overgrown conifers. All debris was removed and the garden left tidy but much lighter! I would have no hesitation in recommending Tree Survive to anyone undertaking a similar task. Many thanks, Olwen Walker. "
- Olwen Walker -Tunbridge Wells
" I was impressed with Rudi's work. He was punctual, efficient and quick. Two tall trees were sectionally felled and neatly stacked in a few hours. He was even kind enough to e-mail me a few pictures of the work including a great shot of the house from the top of the highest tree. Highly recommended. "
- Peter Holroyd
" You cannot fault the quality of work undertaken by Rudi and his team. Their attention to detail is fantastic and everything is done to the highest standard. It is not just a case of hiring a tree surgeon, in Rudi you find a man who is passionate about his work and explains all options before starting work on a tree. If there is a way to make a tree safe and extend its life then Rudi will find it where others would simply remove it from the landscape. "
- Stephen Harding, Head Gardener Puckle Hill House
" After getting a couple of quotes from local suppliers I went with Tree Survive for work in my back garden. We were very impressed by the professionalism and the way in which Tree Survive went about the quality of his work and attention to detail. I felt we got excellent value for a lot of hard work, performed tidily and in a timely manner. Highly recommended. "
" Rudi and his team provided the following jobs for us: pollarding a massive holm oak, lifting the crown of 2 conifers and taking away a dead tree. They were very knowledgable, kept fully in line with the council's tree-maintenance terms and literally worked until is was dark to get the job done. The next day everything was cleared up and tidy - a job well done! "
20th June 2019
Caring for Ancient and Veteran Trees
Our managing director Rudi recently spent three fascinating days attending an advanced course for trainers on Valuing and Managing Ancient and Veteran Trees. Ancient trees are often notable, local landmarks with links to the history and legends of their area. The course included a visit to The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. Thought to be between 800 to 1000 years old, legend suggests the ancient oak not only provided Robin Hood with shelter, it was also the place where he and his Merry Men slept!
Unsurprisingly, ancient and veteran trees need careful management, both in terms of the trees themselves and the land around them. In the coming months, Rudi will be running a one-day training course on valuing and managing veteran trees. Open to landowners and managers, arborists, foresters, ecologists, landscape professionals and anybody with an interest in these special trees, we will post more information on the course in the Autumn.
What are Ancient & Veteran trees? The Ancient Tree Forum describes Ancient trees as those that have reached a great age in comparison with others of the same species. So, for example, a Birch tree might be considered ancient if it has reached 150 years, but a Yew tree has to reach 800 before it can be termed ancient! They also tend to have three key features:
- a low and fat squat shape;
- a wide trunk compared with others of the same species; and
- a hollowing of the trunk (not always visible).
Veteran trees are not necessarily old but, due to local conditions, climate or stresses, have some or all of the characteristics of ancient trees.
Ancient and veteran trees give variety and interest to the local landscape, providing cultural and environmental benefits such as providing species rich habitats and food sources.
More information on Ancient and Veteran Trees can be found on the Ancient Tree Forum web site. It includes a helpful index of known ancient trees in your area. For example, you could visit the Royal Oak in Richmond Park, which is estimated to be around 750 years old, or pay a visit to Petworth Park in West Sussex, which has recorded 726 ancient and veteran trees at the site, including oak, small leaf lime and sweet chestnut.
If you think that you have an ancient or veteran tree on your property and need some advice or are interested in attending a course, please get in touch with Tree Survive.
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