Interesting bits... maybe!!!

Here you'll find random things that may be of interest :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2018

 

The evenings are getting lighter. :) 

 

 

January 2017

 

Beautiful early evening sun... 

NOVEMBER 2017

 

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!

OCTOBER 2017

 

It's pumpkin time!  Family tradition of pumpkin carving alive and well.... also results in lots of scrummy pumpkin soup :)

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2017  

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 :) 

SEPTEMBER 2017  

Our last visit to Rolls Royce this year, making sure the Lime trees are beautifully cuboid ready for Goodwood Revival 

AUGUST 2017

 

Craig coming down from a tree in a rather unusual fashion!!  

AUGUST 2017

 

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 :) 

JULY 2017

 

You see this a lot in Scandinavian countries... but this one is a TreeMenders log pile.

JUNE 2017

 

Kez, Kern and Ciaran looking very smart in their hi viz.... probably best not to stand in the middle of the road though boys!!

MAY 2017

 

Our treemenders terrier Ted... seems to have stolen all the chewy bones and taken them to bed with him :)

 

APRIL 2017

 

A great picture of Ciaran expertly chogging down an eeeeenooormous Beech tree..

March 2017

 

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 suprise that!

February 2017

 

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

 

 

January 2017

 

Ciaran came back again

 

January 2017

 

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.

December 2016

 

TreeMenders Christmas get together... bowling, quiz, dinner and awards!!  

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

 

 

 

November 2016

 

We had a Macrocarpa to remove - so Kern put his carving skills to good use ...

November 2016

 

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!

 

 

OCTOBER 2016

Reducing a massive 70m of Leylandii... 6 man job, 3 on top and 3 on the ground.. Good job Menders!

SEPTEMBER 2016

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

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 ;)

 

 

 

AUGUST 2016

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 competition.

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

 

 

JULY 2016

Massive congratulations to our good friend Jon who married his beautiful Emma.  All the best wishes for a fantastic life together.. xxx

 

 

JULY 2016

I entered a prize draw at The New Forest Show and won second prize - 20 bags of logs !!  :)

 

 

 

JULY 2016

Congratulations to Craig and Amy on the arrival of beautiful baby girl Olive Elizabeth. :-)

JUNE 2016

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 :)

FEBRUARY 2016

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 island!!

JANUARY 2016

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)

 

 

January 2016

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 flabby!! 

Jim, thankyou for your friendship, humour and hard work for the past 7 years. Good luck from all The Menders xxxx

 

 

 

 

 

January 2016

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. :-) Paaartty!!!

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 city.

 

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

 

JUNE 2015

 

A customer sent us this rare photo of the whole team together... and all smiling! 

 

MAY 2015

 

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 :) 

MARCH 2015

 

Boys just love trees.... Craig, Andrew, Tom and Kern couldn't resist climbing inside a big split Oak!

JANUARY 2015

an email sent on to us by a tree officer Andrew knows.....the council had planted a young tree...

 

Dear Sirs, 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2014

 

Taking down Christmas!!  Kern and Tom removing Christmas trees ahhh... still soon be Easter!!

OCTOBER 2014

 

 

 

 

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 Seren :)

 

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 :)

SEPTEMBER 2014

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 x

AUGUST

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

JULY 2014

 

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.

 

 

 

MAY 2014

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 

www.sotoninbloom@gmail.com

 

 

APRIL 2014

 

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!!

MARCH 2014

Gareth shows off his mushroom making skills and creates an entire grotto... watch out for the pixies!!

FEBRUARY 2014

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

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 2014

 

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 HOUSES!!

DECEMBER 2013

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!

APRIL 2013

Andrew and Jon hiding under tonne bags and plastic on top of a hedge whilst the rain pours and pours and pours!

MARCH 2013

Kern's impression of the Vitruvian Man on an enormous Cedar stump we had just felled.

FEBRUARY 2013

 

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.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR love from ALL AT TREEMENDERS xx

 

 



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

DECEMBER 2012

 

We took down a tree in a customers garden and this is what Kern did with the stumps :-)

MOVEMBER 2012

 

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 others!!

So... please support this excellent cause. It is easy to donate on the Movember web site, search for Treemenders and give whatever you can.

Many many thanks

 

 

www.uk.movember.com

 

 

 



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!!

 

 

 

 

 

11th August 2012

Gareth, one of our terrific team, married his lovely fiance Rose.

A fantastic day was had by all. Congratulations and very best wishes to them both :-) xx

  

 

 

 





29th July 2012

 

Nozstock Festival - Tree planting with 'The Proclaimers'

We helped Charlie and Craig plant a tree in the Celebritree Avenue at Nozstock  :-)



July 2012

 

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 :-)

  

 

 



JUNE 2012

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 :-)

May 2012



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!

April 2012

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!