Ash Dieback Course

Ash dieback training is so important to ensure your safety. Both when working with ash trees or if you have ash trees on land you own or manage. This course will help you to understand ash dieback and stay as safe as possible.

Ash Dieback

Risk Assessment, Work Planning and Methodology 

This one-day session for those of you who are actively felling Ash trees which almost certainly may or not be showing signs of Ash dieback.

Ash dieback is not only a very topically subject that is going to have a serious implication 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 have a responsibility for the safety of others.

For that reason, landowners 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 are offering a one-day course, providing an in-depth presentation and discussion. Along with the opportunity at the end of the day to walk around some ash trees discussing site-specific risks of tree pruning, felling considerations and equipment.

Also, please note there is no practical element to this course, so don’t come with ready with your chainsaw!

On this Ash dieback course you will be learning about:
  • Ash dieback 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
  • Felling equipment available for use and in contrast what we should not be using 
  • Recommendation and discussion of assisted felling operations
  • Suitable 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.

You will also get to see and ask about:

  • mechanical wedges
  • tree jacks
  • plasma ropes

before you think about buying them and find you may not like them. A fantastic chance to have a look before you buy!

Additionally, we have lots of examples of codit ash dieback samples from the bottom to the top of trees for you to have a look at first hand and clearly see what is going on inside the trees. Despite not always seeing the evidence on the outside of the ash trees. 

Whether or not you are a:

  • arborist
  • forester
  • woodland owner
  • tree officer
  • council worker
  • landscaper
  • utility worker e.g. rail, highways

Our Ash dieback course certainly provides you with the information to continue to work safely, in addition it will also keep others on sites you work, safe too.

Many of you are already actively using chainsaws and working with ash trees. As a result, in order to stay safe and use the most appropraite method of work. It is so important with the uncertaintity of the structural intregrity of the wood that you have as much information to hand as possible.

You may have been asked by:
  • your employer
  • a customer or client for clarification on ash dieback
  • or a new contract opportunity to demonstrate competence through certification

Whether you could be new to the job or been doing it for over 40 years and things have changed. If so and you are faced with having to gain your chainsaw qualifications have you been:

  • struggling to find the right fit in terms of a training provider?
  • confused by all the names, numbers and acronyms for the land based courses that are available to you?
  • worried you will get it wrong or waste your hard-earned money?
  • concerned that it will feel like going back to school?
  • looking to gain a qualification to continue with jobs because legislation has changed?
  • offered a new and exciting contract, but need another ticket/qualification to seal the deal?
Then we can help you!

No matter which sector you are coming from, and the level of experience. We can work with you to understand your training needs. To tailor a programme and provide courses that will be suitable for you.

Providing award-winning training through tailored, flexible, friendly, approachable trainers and assessors.

All courses are run with group sizes that ensure you have as much time as needed to learn and experience the requirements for the course. Trainers are experienced, friendly, and approachable.

Finally, as with all Lowe Maintenance courses, you get support and advice via email or on the phone. If you need it in the future. Just because you’ve completed the course doesn’t mean you can’t get in touch if you need more information or guidance.

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FAQ

We developed this Ash dieback course to provide you with up to date detailed information to make safety a top priority. 

No, you should not be using traditional wedges. 

All works should be carried out with mechanical wedges such as tree jacks or Eder mechnical wedges. As per the FISA best practice leaflet. 

Unfortunately all ages of Ash trees are currently affected.

It is not really recommended. If at all possible you should be using other methods to carry out the necessary work. 

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