Our Film on BBC Fresh

Fresh Online is a new BBC online space for short form documentary films. Fresh is finding the directors of the future by giving upcoming factual filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work on a BBC platform.

We are very proud to announce that The Arborist, which was produced by Make Productions, has been featured on the popular website. BBC Fresh have also created a profile page for Joe and his team and think The Arborist is “a ...

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“The Arborist” An Award Winning Film

Our short film The Arborist has won first place at this years Films for the Forest competition. The Arborist was screened as part of the South by Southwest Film Festival’s Community Screening event in Austin, Texas.

Films for the forest received films from individuals spanning across 4 different continents. An impressive list of judges made up of filmmakers and environmentalists chose the winners out of the numerous entries. The Judges were ...

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The dying trees of Angkor Wat

In March 2014 I visited the Ancient temples of Angkor while travelling in Cambodia. Being an arborist, I was particularly looking forward to the legendary trees of the Ta Prohm temple, as seen in the film Tomb Raider.

The temple was built in the 12th century for the Khmer king Jayavarman VII and is one of the most famous of Angkor’s many temples. It has become one of Cambodia’s most popular tourist attractions due to the spectacular trees (such as the ...

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Pruning trees in Brighton: Crown reductions before and after

Here are some recent pictures showing two Brighton trees before and after we undertook some pruning work. Both trees underwent crown reduction work.

The owner of this Ash tree had become concerned about the safety of the tree due to its size and close proximity to the building. There were also some large branches that were directly overhanging the roof. We decided it could be safely retained by reducing the size of the crown. This not only reduced the overall weight of the ...

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Sudden Oak Death

Arbor Cura Tree Surgery was recently employed to help control the spread of a disease threatening oak trees in a Sussex woodland. The disease goes by the common, and ominous, name of “Sudden Oak Death”.

Sudden Oak Death is a disease caused by the pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. P. ramorum was first identified in California and Oregon, USA in the mid-1990s it was found to be the cause of widespread devastation of wild oak trees (which earned it the name ‘Sudden oak ...

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The Root Of All Evil!- Stump removal in Brighton

Arbor Cura Tree Surgery was asked to remove two large Sycamore tree stumps from a back garden in Hove, Brighton and as is often the case with properties near the town centre it was a terraced house. This made accessing to the stumps very difficult indeed. With some careful planning and some delicate manouvering we managed to carry and lift all our stump equipment through the house and into the rear garden.

We started by removing the soil from around the ...

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A helping hand for a champion tree

Borde Hill Gardens, near Haywards Heath, recently asked us to help them nurture one of their prized tree specimens, the Meliosma beaniana Owen Johnson, Registrar for the Tree Register, confirmed recently that the Meliosma beaniana is the latest addition to the long list of Champion Trees at Borde Hill Gardens. This takes them to 83 listed specimens.

Records show that the Meliosma beaniana was derived from a seed collected in western Hupeh, China by the plant hunter Ernest Wilson in 1907 and ...

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New Tree Surgery Kit – The 4 way tension block

We have been testing out our fantastic new piece of rigging equipment, the 4-way tension block.
The 4 way tension block is used for moving heavy loads like pulling over leaning trees or winching up branches. This pulley is exceptionally strong for its’s light weight and is equipped with a progress capture device (brake) that can be easily released even under load. This, in addition to the swivel-shackles which prevent entangling of the system, make it easy and safe for ...

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