We love to keep up to date with new practices, courses, assessment news and much more in the arboriculture industry. Over the years that Scott Fraser Training, we have been documenting activities that have been taking place daily. Have a read through some of our blog posts below and let us know what you think; we'd love to hear from you.
This blog outlines two recent repairs carried out to our forestry machinery . The components and principles are used to develop broader machine knowledge and skills to fix problems when they inevitably occur.
Choosing the right felling cut is a skill that takes time to develop. This third article in our small tree felling series covers the considerations made in assessing tree lean, canopy distribution and adjacent features that all add up (hopefully) to the best-matched felling cut.
In 2020, we purchased a brand-new wood chipper to use for our frequent Lantra Awards Brushwood Chipper ITA and City & Guilds Unit 222 Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of a Manually Fed Wood-chipper IA courses. We chose a tractor-mounted machine from Wilson machinery, a TP 200 PTO.
Following lockdown in March, all of our planned training was put on hold. We received a welcome phone call from Jenny at Mackley Civil & Marine Engineers urgently requesting chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting training on-site at the Environmental Agency Flood Defence Contract in Romney Marsh.
Whilst working on some timber extraction, Nick Meech, formerly based at Woodland Enterprise Centre, helped us out with a couple of projects to fill in the gap left by our abruptly curtailed training programme due to lockdown.
During our chainsaw or climbing course, a lot of our students comment on the kettles used for boiling water. Having this equipment on-site enables us to have a cup of tea or coffee in the woods at the perfect temperature.
City & Guilds Unit 201 Chainsaw Maintenance requires the candidate to demonstrate knowledge and skill to check and maintain this component. This can be a help when things go wrong either on-site with a broken cord or more involved problems develop with the tensioning spring and cord canister.
Tree climbing training and assessments have gone through various evolutions over the years. This varies from the incorporation of pole rescue to changes in climbing equipment technology. These can often be seen as following the changes in current emphasis or paradigm.
Prior to the lockdown on March, 23rd Coronovirus seemed a distant problem and we were carrying on with our training programme, albeit with appropriate adjustments – indeed these adjustments were a discussion point during our City & Guilds Assessment Centre Audit.
The air filter on this machine was heavily contaminated with dirt and oil. It’s normally a paper element that can be cleaned and maintained a number of times by lightly brushing away larger debris, or cleared via compressed air.