Foreign Chainsaw Qualifications

I picked up the story on the link below from our friends at the Arb Association – well done to them for publishing this.  Firstly, employers must make sure that their staff/subbies are suitably trained and qualified. This can be a minefield when recruiting overseas workers and could mean competent staff are excluded from employment.  Another…

Arb Show 24

This is one of our favourite shows and is set in the fantastic Westonbirt Arboretum. Along with the top retailers there will be workshops and competitions, so put the 17th -18th of May in your diary . For further information click on the link below. https://www.trees.org.uk/The-ARB-Show

The worst thing about January?

The  Self-Assessment deadline surely takes the prize. So here is a gentle reminder to make sure that you submit everything and pay your tax bill by midnight on 31st January. The silver lining is of course a big tax bill means you you have earnt load of money. It is comforting to know that the…

Thorn Again

I have just heard of another nasty infection from Blackthorn and I have been sent the photo!  I don’t want to be graphic, but the hospital had to suck the poison from the joint to avoid a potential amputation. The hospital, which has a specialist skin and joint unit say they have several admissions a…

Don’t forget !

The 11th November this year falls on a Saturday. Whilst we will be shut I know some of you will be working. I am being pressganged into putting up some shelves but I will be stopping everything just before 11 am for the 2 minute silence. Whatever you are doing I hope you will join…

Tree Climbers at APF2018

The BIG one is back!

The APF 19 – 21 September 2024 The APF Exhibition is the UK’s largest forestry, woodland, arboriculture, firewood. fencing, trees and timber trade show. It attracts over 320 exhibitors and 23000 visitors. If your a tree surgeon or forestry contactor this is a must. For more information visit https://www.apfexhibition.co.uk/ And the video is the AMAZING…

Are you up to date with the tax man?

This one often takes me by surprise, so we thought we’d share a reminder about payments on account for your tax bill, which are due by 31st July. If you are registered for Self-Assessment, check your payment schedule with HMRC and make sure you don’t miss making the correct payment. If you pay late you…

Smoking on the job

Do you allow your staff smoking breaks or are you allowed them? We heard this week about an employee who noticed that their colleague was taking a smoking break every hour and they complained. That could mean they are working an hour less every single day! It’s almost like they are being rewarded for smoking.…

Bad News ☹️

We have just heard the news that FR Jones & Son has gone into administration. Having known some of the family for several years this is really sad. We know they were very much dedicated to customer service and hope everything is resolved in a way that means people don’t lose out. However, we know…