We regularly carry out tree work on the volcanoes around Auckland. Due to the nature of these sites we need to use low impact tree removal methods. At Tree Care Auckland we have a range of clients from private individuals with just one tree on their property, through to local authorities and schools that have hundreds. The nature of these site can vary widely too; from flat land with easy access, through to steep slope in remote locations. One of the more interesting scenarios we have been involved with during our time are the volcanic sites around Auckland.
We regularly carry out tree work on the volcanoes around Auckland for the council. Due to the nature of these sites they present their own unique challenges. This blog post will discuss some of the obstacles we face when working on the volcanic cones and how we use low impact tree removal to deal with them.
Tree Maintenance on Volcanic Sites
There are around 50 volcanoes around Auckland, each with differing land use and levels of vegetation. Many of the sites have trees present that from time to time require work. As the sites are often more exposed and the soil is quite shallow, the trees on site are more prone to failure. Maintenance is needed either to prevent the trees failing in the first place or to tidy them up once they have fallen.
We Use Different Methods of Low Impact Tree Removal
The volcanic sites hold particular significance for the Maori and were historically used as settlements. As such they are archaeologically sensitive sites and measures have to be taken to preserve the history contained within them. This presents our first challenge when working on the volcanoes as no disturbance can happen to the ground. Not always an easy task when dealing with a large tree removal. To mitigate this problem we have developed several different methods of low impact tree removal. Depending on the individual site constraints, we have methods to safely bring a tree to the ground with zero or minimal ground disturbance. This enables us to perform tree work whilst preserving the archaeology beneath our feet.
Our Method to Low Impact Tree Removal
As the sites are often away from access roads we have to adapt our methods for removing the waste. In some cases, we can leave waste on site so that it can break down naturally into the soil as it decomposes. Where this is not possible, tracked chippers can be used to break the material down. The tracks on the chipper (like those used on diggers) enable the machine to travel across all terrains and get to hard to reach areas. When the conditions are too challenging for the tracked chipper, haul systems or sky-lines can be set up to transport the waste to an easier location for processing. The site dictates the method to be used and often the solution can be unique to the site.
Low Impact Tree Removal Safety Analysis
Due to the remote nature of the work sites, our rescue plans are adapted to ensure everyone is safe during the work and, that if the worst happens, we can deal with the situation quickly and efficiently. Before any work takes place, a thorough analysis of the hazards and risks is undertaken and safe methods of working are identified. For more technical scenarios, systems for rescues or emergencies are pre-installed so that workers can be evacuated swiftly reducing the time it takes to remove them from harm’s way.
An advantage of this kind of work is that it hones our skills and gives us experience that we can than carry over to our residential customers. If you have a challenging site or hard to reach trees it is highly likely that we will be able to provide a cost effect, safe solution to have your tree problems solved efficiently. Feel free to contact us to discuss your technical tree work and we can offer you a safe solution.
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