Andy Mead made sure all of the climbing and rigging kit has been thoroughly inspected, and with a few minor issues, it all passed with flying colours.
I went out to visit some of our employers during the week, to check their health and safety profiles, and for a catch up on how the apprentices are getting along. They all seem to be doing fine.
We then had to set up for the Buckfast Abbey Millenium Fair on the Saturday.
The Abbey is celebrating 1000 years of an Abbey on the site, and we were invited along to show the public what Arborists do, and to chat about trees and tree surgery. It was a beautiful day, and about 5000+ people attended.
James Mousley and Jack Borlase from Glendale kindly agreed to come in on their day off to show off their skills.
We were asked lots of well- meaning questions by the public, who took away lots of our flyers and freebies, but we did run a bet on how many people would ask us whether we were felling it. James reckoned 7, I said 13 and Jack said 17.
The actual number, believe it or not was 9- some people seem to think that is all we do!
It was a very hot and tiring day, we were lucky we had a bit of shade under the tree.
James and Jack did a great job demonstrating and explaining to the public- thanks very much indeed!!
The Abbey staff were incredibly helpful and friendly, and we all had a great time, as did, it seems, the public.
Sunday then and off to an Arboricultural Association meeting. The traffic was appalling!
These ‘Branching Out’ meetings are held annually, and it is a chance for those of us on branch committees to exchange ideas, to try to deliver events and information to members of our professional body.
The branches that we are in, are all run by volunteers, and we have to try to engage members, and organise interesting relevant events for them using our contacts. It can be very time consuming, hard work, but very worthwhile. We just needed to know we aren’t the only ones trying to juggle jobs and volunteer roles!