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.
Single Rope Technique has been a component of my commercial arb work since the early 2000s and has undergone various evolutions (see earlier blog post) from initial discrete access only systems, to the current access and positioning techniques.
We looked at a range of options including Mohida from Osbourne Forestry but ended up selecting a Valtra Tractor 6400 and Botex 5060 Timber Trailer for Wilson Machinery and had a memorable trip to Dalbeattie including test drive up the road.
City & Guilds chainsaw maintenance assessment 201 includes schedule questions around the fuel and oil filters. Whilst they are often seen as relatively minor components, a wider discussion on fuel oils, re-filling and cap cleanliness can evolve.
This summers Arboricultural Association newsletter contains an update on the widely anticipated Technical Guides. These refresh the existing guidance (Guide to Good Climbing Practice & MEWPS) that many will be familiar with and expand into new areas, this includes Tree Rigging and Cranes.
In 2018, the BWSC power plant in Sandwich came online utilizing both Roundwood and chip from the South East region to produce heat and power. We were asked to deliver some tree surgery training for their operatives who need to use chainsaws as a part of their role in sampling incoming Roundwood.
Trainees are often keen to talk about as well as trying out new equipment and techniques. With tree climbing techniques and equipment continually evolving, it’s good to understand and appreciate early basic techniques before going with some of the more recent mechanical innovations, such as zigzag.
Recertification of its instructor network is one of the ways Lantra Awards maintains its high standards. Although the recent aerial tree work re-cert in Surrey was poorly attended, it was without a doubt a worthwhile day for the four instructors present.
Air filters are often the first part of the power unit practical assessment to be discussed and maintained in the City & Guilds NPTC Unit 201. You will be asked to explain the function and maintenance requirements. Once that is complete, you would then demonstrate that on your own chainsaw.
Drive Sprockets & Bell housings are covered on our introductory chainsaw maintenance courses, both for Domestic (one day) and for professional users (2 days) leading to either Lantra Awards ITA or City & Guilds NPTC Units 201 Chainsaw Maintenance.
Over the past 20 years, tree climbing & aerial rescue courses have changed, not just in response to advances or evolution of equipment & techniques, but also, the increasing importance of equipment standards.