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Welcome to The Green Man Arboricultural Consultancy

This website supports the consultancy business based in North Wales and which operates throughout the United Kingdom providing a wide range of arboricultural services including: home buyers tree reports, tree condition reports, development site surveys and reports, woodland assessment and management plans and general advice relating to trees.

For further information or to discuss your requirements please contact us on: 01978 821 851/ 07981 912 162 or via

Friday, 11 November 2011

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Pests & Diseases: Meripilus giganteus

During autumn many fungi produce their fruit, bearing spores, in order to reproduce. The fruit portion of a fungi presents itself as a mushroom or bracket and can be of an annual or perennial form.

This is the annual fruiting body of the principle decay fungi Meripilus giganteus, The Giant Polypore.

As discussed in Tree Biology - Defects, Signs and Symptoms  fungus can live on dead wood and live wood. This particular fungus feeds on the live wood of tree roots. It is strongly associated with Beech trees, Fagus sylvatica, but has also been found on other broadleaves such as Oak and London plane, and on the conifer Monkey puzzle, Araucaria araucana.

In addition to the ability to degrade live wood or dead wood, fungi create different types of rot, degrading different cellular components such as cellulose and lignin. In the next post we will discuss the different types of rot and their significance.

The nature of the rot that this fungus produces, and the part of the tree that it degrades, makes this a fungus of significance and I was very sorry to find it growing at the base of a beautiful and mature Beech tree at a school a few weeks ago. I will keep you posted on the fate of the tree.

Tree Management: Which Path to Take?

I currently lecture in arboriculture at a local college and teach to consultancy level.

More specifically the course provides the students with all of the relevant CS Units as awarded by NPTC (National Proficiency Tests Council) to be able to work as a contracting arborist, and actually undertake tree works such as pruning and felling, in addition to giving them extensive theoretical information to support their practical abilities or allow them to pursue a career in consultancy.

In their first year all of the students wanted to work as contractors on completion of the course and had ambitions to start up their own businesses however now they are in their second year their aspirations have changed. Studying the theoretical aspects of arboriculture has shown them the variety of roles there are within the industry and many of them are now trying to get experience with consultants, local authority tree officers and foresters.

There is such a variety of roles in arboriculture and it also bleeds into many other companion subjects such as horticulture, ecology, land management, forestry and woodland management, and education.

In fact I am currently doing business management with the first year students and we have been exploring the many business opportunities available with regard to trees, and wood as a product, and it seems in some ways it has never been a better time for our industry.

We are planting more woodlands, utilising more woodland, producing more timber within our own country to support our needs and diversifying into new and old methods of woodland management and timber production. Additionally the education sector has identified the value of outdoor learning and forest schools are being set up nationwide. It is a very exciting time and good to think that in July next year 30 newly qualified arborists from our college alone are going to take their enthusiasm and wonderful ideas into the industry.

Friday, 28 October 2011

A 'Thank you'.

I wanted to put up a post to say thank you to everyone who has left me a comment in recent months saying how much they enjoyed this blog and urging me to keep it up. I started lecturing in arboriculture at a college earlier this year which I love and it has taken up most of my time but arboriculture is a passion for me as well as a profession and I am so happy to be able to share my knowledge of arboriculture via The Green Man blog.

So thank you for all of your encouraging messages and rest assured I will be keeping it up. The next tree post will be up soon! In the meantime I hope you are all enjoying autumn? Here's a recent autumnal sunrise shot I took.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

If You Go Down To The Woods Today

I took a trip to a local wood for one of the most beautiful blooms of the season, the bluebell. The woodland floor was covered although I did not go at the best time of day for photographs in terms of light levels. Never the less it was a wonderful trip out and in addition to the bluebells, wood anemone and dogs mercury litter the woodland floor.

It's hard to think of it as Spring still as we have had such lovely hot and sunny weather for a while now and as a result everything has put on a growing spurt.

Most of the trees are now in leaf and many are coming into flower. Ash trees are always one of the last trees to flush in Spring but soon their delicate leaflets will emerge fully.

The next thing I am looking forward to is the beautiful fragrance wafting off the lime trees outside the front of our house. Winter, although not that long ago, is starting to seem a distant memory.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

In Bloom

I have been out and about with my camera a lot in the past few weeks trying to record the arrival of Spring. We have had a very warm and sunny Spring in my neck of the woods; throughout the surrounding countryside and within my own garden new leaf growth and flowers blooming bring vibrant colour to each day. Above is a collage of many of the plants and trees in flower and leaf in my garden at present.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Bud Burst

Bud burst has finally begun. After weeks of tree buds starting to swell the first flowers and leaves of the year have appeared. Always one of the first to flower seen here above and below, the blackthorn, Prunus spinosa.

Blackthorn makes it's presence in our hedgerows felt in the Spring by developing its flowers before its leaves and provides a brilliant splash of colour.

A few solitary cherry trees have also begun to indicate the arrival of Spring in the tree world.

The hawthron, Crataegus monogyna, another dominant hedgerow tree develops its leaves first. The flowers will follow later.

Bud burst is one of the most energy demanding times of year for trees and as such any pruning should be avoided until after the leaves have fully formed. Pruning will stimulate a trees defense system as it attempts to seal off the pruning wounds thus diverting energy from leaf formation.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Poll Open

Well, I'm back! The poll has been reset and opened for voting. If there is any aspect of arboriculture you would like to hear more about please vote on the poll in the right hand side bar, or feel free to leave me a comment if you have a more specific enquiry or a question not covered by the topics listed.

Here are the results of last years poll which will determine what I post about in the coming months.

Tree Biology                        12 votes
Tree Management                8 votes
Pests & Diseases               7 votes
Related Ecology                   5 votes
Tree Surgeons                      4 votes

I plan to start posting monthly however due to other commitments and pursuits there may be a slight fluctuation to this time frame.

I do however get emails every time a comment is left and therefore should be aware of any question posed so please feel free to contact me. There is a link to my email address on my profile page HERE; for easy reference in this post my email is Thanks in advance for taking the time to vote or get in touch.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Trees - I Want to Know More About...

The poll on the right hand side regarding aspects of arboriculture that you the reader want to know more about has now closed and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for their participation.

I will re-open the poll shortly however I need a little time in order to record the votes and ensure I create posts reflecting peoples interests to put up in the coming months.

This blog started for me as an extension of my career, and passion for arboriculture and its companion industries, and I am delighted that there has been such an interest in such a short space of time. My main motivation is to share the knowledge and experience I have gained.

I am leaving the country shortly for tree related pursuits but on my return will be commencing a more regular programme of posts, covering the issues people are interested in, and will re-open the poll at this time.

In the meantime I hope you all make the most of this time of year where trees can be viewed without leaf, revealing their species unique form and colouring. New shoots and new buds are currently providing a pastel array of colours to the landscape and I have noticed a few buds even beginning to swell on the Pussy willow or Goat willow, Salix caprea, teasing us with the promise of Spring.


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