Having worked as a ‘tree surgeon’ before swapping the chainsaw for the pen, Paul is able to offer aerial tree inspections using a rope and harness to access all parts of a tree’s canopy. Although recommendations for climbed inspections are relatively rare, sometimes they are necessary in order to investigate suspected defects that cannot be fully appreciated from terra firma.
In April 2013 Paul was commissioned to carry out an aerial inspection of a large mature Ash tree in Sandwell Valley Country Park. A ground level inspection by another aborist had flagged up the presence of fungal fruiting bodies and associated bark cankers at a height of around 11 metres. The tree was subsequently climbed and the area of decay sounded with a mallet and drilled with a Resistograph micro-drill in order to assess the extend of internal decayed wood. The drill gives a reading of the resistance the wood provides against the 400mm long drill bit; where the resistance drops off some decay is likely to be present.
A written report was provided to the park managers with recommendations for future management of this tree.
If you have a tree you need inspected from a rope and harness, please contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.