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Capita Symonds wins tree survey work

5 February 2008

Capita Symonds’ Countryside and Heritage Management Services team has won the contract to undertake a major tree safety survey in Staffordshire. 

The contract will be delivered over the next three years by the Tree Unit from Capita Symonds’ Penrith office – led by Countryside Services Manager James England and Arboriculture Services Manager Rob Sim - on behalf of Cannock Chase District Council.

The project involves setting up the data collection equipment and GIS mapping of the results, as well as the use of the latest microchip technology implanted into the stem of each tree for ease of referencing and location.

James explains: “We will be inspecting trees using a detailed visual assessment at ground level and, occasionally, by further climbing the tree to examine the ‘crown’ for defects. If the tree is exhibiting signs of a problem, and if it could pose a danger to passers-by, then further investigations may be necessary.”

“We’re also looking to use a new ‘Picus Sonic Tomography’ system for tree decay detection. This relatively new technology allows our arboriculturalists to actually investigate a full cross section of a tree stem in a colour two dimensional image which is easy to interpret (pictured), enabling us to explain to clients where specific problems lie,” he adds.

Tom Walsh, Head of Parks, Countryside and Trees at Cannock Chase District Council, said: ”The Council is looking forward to continually improving the information it holds about its tree stock as well as reducing any risks that trees may pose.”