The big tree

We were asked to complete a Tree Inspection on a Oak tree in a busy area near by.

The Oak tree had two types of fungus at the base of the tree, which immediately set alarm bells ringing.

The first thing we learn as inspectors is that a tree's function is to bear seeds and reproduce and that trees should be retained wherever possible in order for them to this.

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As an Environmentalist of course we would want to investigate all aspects of retention for as long as possible. Which is exactly the reason why a second Investigation report was commissioned. The presence of fungal fruiting bodies caused concern. The initial tree inspection identified two species of fungus brackets (Innonatus dryadeus - which caused white rot and decay of the trunk and Fistulina hepatica, which causes brown cubical rot to the cellulose of the tree in the heartwood of the tree), these are known to cause decay, normally at the base of a tree. Last year's bracket remains were also found in the grass around the tree.

These brackets are therefore decaying both the cellulose and lignin in this tree. Where a fungus causes white rot, the cellulose can remain, but the tree can buckle under the weight. Where a fungus causes brown rot, the lignin may remain, but the wood will become brittle. In this case, both fungus bodies are decaying the tree.

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The fungus is like a painting devouring the wall on which it stands, the nail and its immediate surroundings will be saved until the end (Mattheck, The body language of trees, 2015). But as you can see from the Picus Tomograph, this shows that the wall of the tree at this point where the largest fungal brackets are situated, is barely visible.

Claus Mattheck also devised a criteria for hollow tree failure, which may occur when the t/R value (t= thickness of the sound wall/ R= radius of the tree) is less than 0.3 or one third. Our Oak tree at this site does not meet the above t/R ratio. The red line on the tomography shows what would be the accepted t/R ratio. The blue, pink and green show decay.

The last picture below show the side of the cavity and cracks.

The guys worked really hard all day, not finishing until 7 pm to ensure that the site was left safe.

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Farming Connect funding for training - application window now open

We are an approved training provider for Farming Connect subsidised training.

The application window is now open.

We will be holding the following dates to help people with their PDP's and funding applications.

This help is free of charge. If you are unable to make any of the dates, just get in contact and we will see what we can do to help.

Friday 10th May, Dolswydd, Penybont, Llandrindod Wells - Hours time slots given at booking

Friday 24th May, Aberystwyth - Hour time slots given at booking

Tuesday 4th June, Brecon- Hour time slots given at booking

Monday 24th June, Brecon, Hour time slots to be given

Friday 28th June, Dolswydd, Penybont, Llandrindod Wells- Hours time slots given at booking

Farming Connect funding application widow still open.....

The skills funding application window is still open until the 1st March. JHS can help you with your application and Personal Development Plan. We have dates across Mid and South Wales, but can help in the evenings as well. Please do not leave it to the last minute! Get in touch for help and guidance....01597 850 080 or jhsltd@btinternet.com

The list of courses available are at the below link…

https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/sites/farming/files/cff_courselist_2018.pdf

Lantra Practical hedge laying course

Last week we held our first Lantra Hedge laying course in donkeys years for a group of conservation volunteers. We enjoyed it so much, we ran another this week for a group of Farming Connect clients and are holding another one next week.

Here’s what the client had to say…’The course was excellent thank you.  Our instructor obviously knows his onions and had a great manner with the learners which worked well in imparting his knowledge to them.  Though mostly the learners had done hedge laying before there was some variation in knowledge.  I think everyone gained a lot from it.’

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Just in time for bird nesting season

Farming Connect funding application window - now open!

The skills funding application window is now on. JHS can help you with your application and PDP. We have dates across Mid and South Wales, but can help in the evenings as well. Please do not leave it to the last minute! Get in touch for help and guidance....01597 850 080 or jhsltd@btinternet.com

The list of course is available at the below…

https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/sites/farming/files/cff_courselist_2018.pdf

Farming Connect funding for training - application window now open

We are an approved training provider for Farming Connect subsidised training.

The application window is now open.

We will be holding the following dates to help people with their PDP's and funding applications.

This help is free of charge. If you are unable to make any of the dates, just get in contact and we will see what we can do to help.

Monday 22nd October, Dolswydd, Penybont, Llandrindod Wells - Hours time slots given at booking

Tuesday 23rd October, Starling Cloud, Aberystwyth - Hour time slots given at booking

Wednesday 24th October, Brecon Market- Hour time slots given at booking

Friday 26th October, Dolswydd, Penybont, Llandrindod Wells- Hours time slots given at booking

Farming Connect Personal Development Plan surgeries

The next window to apply for funded training through the Farming Connect Programme opens in October. We will be holding the following dates to help people with their PDP's and funding applications. This help is free of charge. If you are unable to make any of the dates, just get in contact and we will see what we can do to help.

Monday 22nd October, Dolswydd, Penybont, Llandrindod Wells - Hours time slots given at booking

Tuesday 23rd October, Starling Cloud, Aberystwyth - Hour time slots given at booking

Wednesday 24th October, Brecon Market- Hour time slots given at booking

Friday 26th October, Dolswydd, Penybont, Llandrindod Wells- Hours time slots given at booking

Training dates Summer/ Autumn 2018

Training course dates Summer/ Autumn 2018

Tues 10th July - Safe use of pesticides PA1- Brecon

Thurs 12th July- Safe Application of Pesticides Using Self Propelled, Mounted, Trailed Horizontal Boom Sprayers (PA2) - Brecon

Fri 13th July- Safe Application of Pesticides using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment (PA6) (Knapsack)- Brecon

Thurs 19th July- Lantra Ride on Mower- Llandrindod Wells

Fri 20th and Sat 21st July- Lantra Telehandler- Llandrindod Wells

Mon 6th and Tues 7th August- Lantra Tractor and arm mounted flail - Llandrindod Wells

Thurs 9th August- Lantra Working safely in agriculture and horticulture- Knighton

Fri 10th August - Lantra Rodent control on farms- Llandrindod Wells

Tues 14th August- Emergency First Aid at Work - Llandrindod Wells

Thurs 16th August- Lantra Rodent control on farms - Cheshire

Fri 17th August- Safe use of sheep dips - Llandrindod Wells

Tuesday 11th Sept- Safe use of pesticides PA1- Llandrindod Wells

Thurs 12th Sept- Safe Application of Pesticides Using Self Propelled, Mounted, Trailed Horizontal Boom Sprayers (PA2)
Llandrindod Wells

Fri 13th Sept- Safe Application of Pesticides using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment (PA6) (Knapsack) - Llandrindod Wells

Tues 18th Sept - Safe use of Aluminium Phosphide (Phostoxin/ Talunex tablets)- Llandrindod Wells

ATV’S, Safe use of veterinary medicines, Manual Handling, Chainsaws and arb qualifications, Woodchippers, Brushcutter/ trimmers, Plant and machinery plus much more! Get in contact for more details

New training dates listed....

Training events in the next couple of months:
14th and 15th June - Lantra ATV course
15th June - Lantra - Rodent control on farms
25th and 26th June - Lantra ATV course
29th June - Safe use of sheep dips
2nd and 3rd July Lantra - Lift truck - rough terrain
10th July - PA1 Safe use of pesticides- Brecon
12th July - PA6 Hand held applicators - Brecon
13th July - PA2 Boom sprayer - Brecon
16th July - Strimmer/ brushcutter IA
19th and 20th July - Lantra Tractor driving
6th and 7th August - Lantra - Tractor and arm mounted cutting equipment
9th August - Lantra working safely in agriculture and horticulture
14th August - FAA Emergency First Aid at Work
17th August - Lantra Manual Handling.

Get in touch for more details or for any enquiries about another sort of training you may require. 01597 850 080 or jhsltd@btinternet.com

Trying out new courses

In the next few months we will be trying out a few new courses!

Lantra Invasive and injurious species

Lantra Environmental Maintenance and litter picking

Lantra Highways England Common Induction Scheme

Lantra Safe cattle handling for increased profitability

Lantra Health and Safety

Lantra Preparing for Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control

Let us know if you have any questions on any of the above - 01597 850 080 or jhsltd@btinternet.com