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.
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.
This second article will develop a range of methods we typically use to help students achieve better tree felling accuracy not all of them will work for everyone. The basic cuts required to fell a tree are a directional sink and a back cut.
Our small tree felling courses (under 380mm) are carefully structured to build confidence, add knowledge progressively and set students up to work safely in forestry or arboricultural circumstances. This blog series has been written to give a more comprehensive insight into what is actually in a tree felling course.
The W@H Regulations 2005 have been around for a long time, it’s coming up for 15 years, however, there is often confusion as to how they apply and what they mean. This is partly due to the overlap of all the H&S regulations and the treatment of the regulations in the City & Guilds units in two separate sections.