Here you'll find random things that may be of interest :-)
An unusual and tricky emergency call out... pouring with rain and the tree is in a river! Kern got the short straw and ended up working in the water!!
Lime pollards in West End, Southampton....looking ethereal in the winter sunshine.
One of our old team members (now a tree officer) joins us for old times sake when we work at Rolls Royce on their impressive Lime tree cubes... he came across this picture of the trees just after
This is what they look like now!!!!
The brave Menders give blood again. Stocks are low at the moment so if you can please go along and donate blood. :)
We held the monthly team meeting in our back garden as we were working just up the road. Every month two of the menders do a 'bake off' and this month it was Andrew's tiffin versus Richard's
Amazing how high, and on such small branches, our skilled Menders can climb... related to squirrels maybe!!
Back to Rolls Royce in the baking hot sun! Good to see a couple of old 'menders (Jamezz and Tom not in livery!) back to help out
Some brave TreeMenders gave blood for the first time... Andrew, Chris, Jez, XP, Rhob and Kern.
We are planning on it being a regular thing now. Hopefully we will never need to get some back.
Have you heard of the Overlanders?? Well Andrew has and has one of their records (amongst his collection of over 3000 vinyls!) and so he was very happy that one
of the Overlanders needed some tree work... he took his album in to be signed :)
TreeMenders are accredited by the Safe Contractor scheme. Yippeee!!
Emergency call out... how are they going to get to the shops!!
It's a tough and tiring TreeMender life....
Awkward and tricky.... and so was the tree :) !!
The evenings are getting lighter. :)
Beautiful early evening sun...
Bonfire night, the biggest fire EVER! It took Andrew, Kern and Tom hours to build and is still burning two days later :)
and even while sparkler twirling Andrew is still wearing his TreeMenders shirt... it takes a lot to get him to wear anything else!
It's pumpkin time! Family tradition of pumpkin carving alive and well.... also results in lots of scrummy pumpkin soup :)
Team Day Out. This time we went to Forest Falconry in Landford. It was a fantastic morning being introduced to lots of stunning
birds of prey and flying a Barn Owl, a Kestrel, a Harris Hawk and an Eagle Owl. Absolutely stunning. Followed by a pub lunch :)
Peewee the Harris Hawk liked perching on peoples heads!! Chris found it particularly scratchy :)
The Eurasian Eagle Owl... awesome! oh... and Kern...
Even the owl doesn't want to talk to Richard :)
Our last visit to Rolls Royce this year, making sure the Lime trees are beautifully cuboid ready for Goodwood
Craig coming down from a tree in a rather unusual fashion!!
Andrew seems to think the contents of my pockets are highly amusing.... hmmmm I would say they are daily essentials... only thing missing is the polos
You see this a lot in Scandinavian countries... but this one is a TreeMenders log pile.
Kez, Kern and Ciaran looking very smart in their hi viz.... probably best not to stand in the middle of the road though boys!!
Our treemenders terrier Ted... seems to have stolen all the chewy bones and taken them to bed with him :)
A great picture of Ciaran expertly chogging down an eeeeenooormous Beech tree..
And every Spring actually - this is a photo of a Hazel flower - it's about the size of peppercorn.
Nobody ever notices them on the trees, as they are so small - but once pollinated, will turn into a Hazel nut - not much of a
Farewell once again to Joe - He's off again on Arboricultural travels - going to work this time for 6 months in Australia - At the last count there were 47 types of spider, 58 species of ant, 4
dog sized lizards, 213 varieties of insect and some form of angry badger type thing that not only bite and sting - but live up trees in Australia - Good luck Joe
Ciaran came back again
We are really sad to say goodbye to Ciaran. He has decided to go back to the old country and brew Guiness.... well, maybe drink some.. We all wish him the
very best of luck for the future xx.
TreeMenders Christmas get together... bowling, quiz, dinner and awards!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
We had a Macrocarpa to remove - so Kern put his carving skills to good use ...
Pidwidge - We felled a conifer and unfortunately, despite checks,
disturbed a Pigeon nest - This is what a baby pigeon looks like - it's the one on the right. After 6 weeks of tender care by Tanya ( my fingers are to fat too feed pigeons) . . Pidwidge was
released and we hope is now running for the office of US President or leader of UKIP - could be an improvement - vote for Pidwidge now!
Reducing a massive 70m of Leylandii... 6 man job, 3 on top and 3 on the ground.. Good job Menders!
We are sad to have to say goodbye to Jon Jon, a longstanding friend and valued member of our team.
Jon is off to persue a new career in IT. We wish him all the best and will miss him and his ninja ways. xx
Another visit to Rolls Royce ready for Goodwood festival... there are over 50 of these 'cubed' lime trees... we have to use a set square to get them exact
TreeMenders fun day at GO APE!
Segway madness, they are a competetive bunch, and then the TreeTop challenge.. Good day had by all.
AUGUST 2016 - TreeMenders are sponsoring a beer at the Somerley Beer and Music festival on 27th August. Fantastic music to enjoy throughout the day,
great beers and ciders, bouncy castle (not to be combined with beer!!) face painting, hog roast, wood fired pizza oven, yard of ale
Go along and try a TreeMendous beer :)
AUGUST 2016 Welcome to the newest member of the family - Our gorgeous grand-daughter; Amelia Charlotte Rose xx
Massive congratulations to our good friend Jon who married his beautiful Emma. All the best wishes for a fantastic life together..
I entered a prize draw at The New Forest Show and won second prize - 20 bags of logs !! :)
Congratulations to Craig and Amy on the arrival of beautiful baby girl Olive Elizabeth. :-)
Team first aid day... the whole team refreshed and improved their first aid skills, particularly focusing on falls and injuries relevant to our profession.. I'm pleased to
say everyone passed :)
We do work in odd or tricky places sometimes, this one was particularly challenging as we had to work from a canoe in order to clear overhanging branches on an
Proof that 4X4s still get stuck particularly when we've had so much rain!!
Kern most unhappy that his Ranger dropped into the soft ground and had to be pulled out by the faithful old Hilux (plus some manual effort)
Sadly, we have had to say goodbye to our good friend Jimmez Jammez. He has been working with us on and off since he was a mere whippersnapper of 18, but now he's
landed a job as one of the Tree Officers for the New Forest National Park. Jim may be coming in occasionally to help out on some of our bigger weekend jobs, but other than that he will be getting
Jim, thankyou for your friendship, humour and hard work for the past 7 years. Good luck from all The Menders xxxx
Congratulations to Jon and Emma on their engagment - Jon proposed at Christmas.... about time JB.... They've only been together for 7 years!
Emma is not going to let him have any second thoughts, they have booked the date already and we are delighted that they will be tying the knot in July this year. :-)
DECEMBER 2015 - CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES
A fun afternoon go-karting, all vying for podium position... not that the team are competitive!! Followed by dinner at a Turkish restaurant and secret santa
presents... A good time had by all....
First Place went to Kern!
OCTOBER 2015 - SOUTHAMPTON IN BLOOM
Many thanks to Southampton in Bloom for presenting TreeMenders with the 'Supporter 2015' award.
Southampton in Bloom is run by volunteers (since council budget cuts) and is a free competition open to residents and businesses in Southampton. The competition
encourages colourful summer displays in gardens, balconies, containers and public open spaces. This helps create a better and enjoyable environment for us all and helps to generate pride in the
OCTOBER 2015 - TEAM DAY OUT
A day of random fun stuff...... started with a big fry up breakfast at a cafe then on to mini golf.. a testing start to the day! Andrew came first in this
challenge much to his delight. This was followed by lazer quest... everyone against everyone... Keiran triumphed...watches too many action movies!! some more refreshments were in
order, then bowling and maybe a couple of beers.
A BIG THANKYOU TO OUR WONDERFUL TEAM - YOU MAKE TREEMENDERS THE FANTASTIC FIRM THAT IT IS :-) XXX
Congratulations to James and Louise who got married on 2nd July at the Larmer Tree Gardens.. It looks as if it was a wonderful day.
We all wish them much happiness.
Who's going to be next in the TreeMenders team.... JonJon or Kerny??? hehheheheee
A customer sent us this rare photo of the whole team together... and all smiling!
Congratulations to Ali and Emma on the birth of their first baby... a beautiful boy.. named Oran Rufus Bear Cormic. Lots love from all the Menders
Boys just love trees.... Craig, Andrew, Tom and Kern couldn't resist climbing inside a big split Oak!
an email sent on to us by a tree officer Andrew knows.....the council had planted a young tree...
I am delighted to see that you have replaced the tree outside our house in Weston. It seems to be thriving and I have been watering it on a regular basis.
...... some things just beggar belief!
Taking down Christmas!! Kern and Tom removing Christmas trees ahhh... still soon be Easter!!
Not only is Andrew trying to encourage our youngest son Tom to join the family firm but may be this is the first female climber in TreeMenders - our grandaughter
Rather you than me... Jon and Gareth go up in the world! Working from a MEWP (mobile elevated working platform) Not sure I fancy going up there!
Looks like the new baby may be affecting Craig's sleep patterns :)
Congratulations to Craig and Amy on the arrival of their gorgeous son - Wilfred - have fun and hopefully not too many sleepless nights! lots of love all TreeMenderers
TreeMenders day out - We all had a whale of a time on a RIB zooming around the Solent, Lunch at Bucklers Hard, then off to the Isle of Wight for a pint or two. Quick
spin around the Needles then home again.. FANTASTIC.
Thankyou to the TreeMenders Team for being such a great bunch and a pleasure to work with. Andrew, Kern and Tanya xxx
CONGRATULATIONS to TreeMender Gareth and his lovely wife Rose on the birth of their first baby -
Arthur - born on 15th July.
Best wishes and lots of love from all the TreeMenders gang.
We are one of the sponsors of SOUTHAMPTON IN BLOOM a free competition open to residents and businesses in Southampton. The competition encourges colourful summer
displays in gardens, balconies, containers and public open spaces. helping to create a better and more enjoyable environment for all and help to generate pride in the city.
There are 12 categories including; private garden , courtyard garden, under 16 category, hanging basket and public buildings. So if you fancy entering take a
look at the website
Kern returned from his six months in Canada, sporting a new beard, and raring to go, within an hour of getting home he had his TreeMenders tee shirt on and a chainsaw in his hand!!
Gareth shows off his mushroom making skills and creates an entire grotto... watch out for the pixies!!
Massive congratulations to Jammmezzz who has asked his lovely girlfriend Louise to marry him... and amazingly she said yes!! Our very best wishes to
James and Louise :-) xx
WITH ALL THE STORMS, WIND AND RAIN WE HAVE HAD OUR WORK CUT OUT KEEPING UP WITH THE EMERGENCY CALLS; TREES ON SHEDS, TREES ON CARS, TREES ON
Merry Christmas from the TreeMenders team, best wishes for a fabulous 2014! xx
NOVEMBER 2013 - First photos back from Kern, who has gone to Canada for 6 months snowboarding...... they have trees over there too!
JUNE 2013 - TEAM FUN GOLF DAY :-)
Half of us could play and half definately could not! so we played a Texas Scramble format and had a fantastic time. Two lots of nine holes, lunch and beer, what
more could we want!
TreeMenders built a tree platform for a much valued customer and friend who is very sadly no longer with us.
May 2013 Work on a Cedar in Bitterne
Kern at the top of the Cedar
Kern's view over Bitterne...wow!
Andrew and Jon hiding under tonne bags and plastic on top of a hedge whilst the rain pours and pours and pours!
Kern's impression of the Vitruvian Man on an enormous Cedar stump we had just felled.
The whole team take a first aid course with St. John's Ambulance service. Everyone passed :-)
The First Aid team!
From right to left - Andrew, Richard, Kern, Jon, Tom, Gareth, Jammez and our St. John's ambulance instructor.
DECEMBER 2012 CAT RESCUE
Andrew had a phone call on Sunday afternoon - could he come and rescue a cat which had been stuck in a tree for several hours... Off he went with ladders
and a cheery 'I'll be back soon'.... hmmmm... three hours later he returned, the cat was not as co-operative as he had hoped! Nonetheless Peanut was eventually removed from the tree and was
very happy to be back home :-)
Peanut safely back at home
We took down a tree in a customers garden and this is what Kern did with the stumps :-)
WE RAISED £516
THANKYOU TO EVERYONE THAT SUPPORTED US xx
The TreeMenders team are all growing moustaches in support of Movember!!
The aim is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer
The team have are all clean shaven and handsome ready for the moustache growing challenge... some will find it easier than
So... please support this excellent cause. It is easy to donate on the Movember web site, search for Treemenders and give whatever you
Many many thanks
TreeMenders Team Waterpark Day - September 2012
The team had a well earned day at the New Forest Water Park; water-skiing, wake-boarding, bouncing along in ringos and falling off the banana boat!! great fun!!
29th July 2012
Nozstock Festival - Tree planting with 'The Proclaimers'
We helped Charlie and Craig plant a tree in the Celebritree Avenue at Nozstock :-)
We were at Blissfields festival helping build the Hidden Hedge with the lovely 'Coalescence-Collective Scrapmetal Artworks'.
Kern and Andrew spent most of their time putting lazers, lights and tramposcreens into trees :-)
Ted the Terrier, the newest member of the TreeMenders pack, joins the rest of the dogs in the Chipper!! Don't worry it's not running
Kern makes friends with pets of one of our customers; Alf the Great Dane and Trevor the turkey.
Trevor took rather a shine to Kern and followed him everywhere!
Andrew and Kern were chatting with one of our customers when Kern spotted this fledgling owl sitting in a nearby tree. It's parent was keeping an
eye on it from from an adjacent tree.
8th March 2012 - Molly the cat decides to try her hand at Treemendering!
February 1st 2012
Our latest addition to the family - Seren Anne - We are now treemenders grandparents!