Ash dieback risk assessment, work planning and methodology

Ash dieback Lowe Maintenance

Ash dieback risk assessment, work planning and methodology

This one-day session is aimed at those of you who are actively felling Ash trees which almost certainly may or not be showing signs of Ash die back.

Ash dieback is not only a very topically subject that is going to have serious implications on the population of Ash trees across the country, but furthermore one of extreme importance to the safety of people in the vicinity of Ash trees.

As a result, we as operators of chainsaws, forestry equipment and other related equipment need to ensure we are doing all we can to not only keep ourselves safe but even more those around us.

Consequently, landowners who have Ash trees on their land consequently have a responsibility to the safety of others.

For that reason, landowers have to put procedures in place to demonstrate they have inspected and noted signs of decay, damage or poor health and concerns are acted upon promptly.

Due to this, we at Lowe Maintenance will offer either:

  • a one-day session, an indoor morning presentation and discussion, with the afternoon in ash wooded environment. Discussing site-specific risks of tree pruning, felling considerations and equipment
  • or one day within an Ash woodland setting, presentation and discussion whatever the weather.

Sessions will be located either at our Settle training centre or can be delivered at a client’s site (phone to discuss) and can be adjusted to suit the needs of your own specific site or work environment.

By the end of the session you should understand:

  • Ash die back and its history
  • Tree physiology and structure refresher
  • What we know about ash now, also what we need to know in future work operations
  • Impact on pruning and tree removal operations
  • Woodland, highway, public space and garden work methodology discussions
  • Enhanced Risk Assessment and Method Statements
  • What felling equipment is available for use and in contrast what is not recommended for use
  • Recommendation and discussion of assisted felling operations
  • Demonstration of felling aids and safe use discussions
  • Finally, a roundup of current advice and where to find further information/keep updated from national land management and safety organisations

Ash dieback risk assessment, work planning and methodology

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you will have covered:

1) Ash die back and its history
2) Tree physiology and structure refresher
3) What we know about ash now and also what we need to know in future work operations
4) Impact on pruning and tree removal operations
5) Woodland, highway, public space and garden work methodology discussions
6) Enhanced Risk Assessment and Method Statements
7) What felling equipment is available for use and in contrast what is not recommended for use
8) Recommendation and discussion of assisted felling operations
9) Demonstration of felling aids and safe use discussions
10) Finally a roundup of current advice and where to find further information/keep updated from national land management and safety organisations

19th December 2019 – Settle

26th February 2020 – Settle

24th March 2020 – Settle

Further dates to be confirmed

The training course will be £100 + VAT = £120 per person

Total £120 per person.

All fees are payable upon booking.

Please note if we are travelling to you there are likley to be added costs incurred this will be discussed on a group to group basis.

One day

You will require:
1) Forestry helmet with ear defenders, visor and to be in date
2) Dinner
3) Drinks
4) Suitable outdoor clothing

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