Rail based tree work
Individual Tree work often falls within the scope of our vegetation management activities.
Our capacity with individual trees, ranges from undertaking tree risk assessments and surveys, Picus/Resistograph testing, selected limb removal, reductions, pollards or full removal if required.
Larger trees with restricted access or within close proximity of the running line/other lineside assets may require qualified Arborists to work on them.
VMS employ a number of fully qualified arborists who can undertake aerial based tree works including climbing, working from a MEWP, rigging and even crane work.
The VMS approach
Our site hazard surveys and assessments enable us to establish how the tree/s are best worked on, be it with a MEWP, under possession, and the qualifications of the operative required to undertake the works. Back at the office our dedicated team undertake checks for Conservation Areas, Tree Preservation Orders, Tree owner consent if off track and organise access as well as ecological assessments.
Arisings from tree work are quickly dealt with by our owned range of tracked and trailed wood chippers ranging from 6”-20” capacity. Chipped arisings can either be spread onsite or removed from site, preferably as Biomass. Larger timber can be removed by specialist vehicles or forestry plant, again for use in the timber and firewood markets. Our range of plant means we can cover everything from a small individual tree removal, through to large scale tree clearance.
Working at night is a common feature of rail tree work and at VMS we have invested significant time and resources into making this work aspect as safe, quiet and efficient as possible. At our depots, we have specially installed battery recharging stations. These are used to charge our LED portable lighting systems, our battery powered chainsaws as well as our ‘Sena’ Bluetooth headsets. The combination of these systems enables efficient and quiet working, site lighting and communication. This is a must if working within built up areas. Finally, our Greenmech Ultratrak chippers come equipped with donkey recovery engines as well as a fully integrated lighting tower. This means we can make the most of every night time possession maximising both safety and outputs.
Finally, as part of our tree work service we offer an emergency call out facility. A single dedicated contact number for 24-7 coverage is provided to our clients, enabling a maximum 2 hours response time.
Driving standards in delivery
Once onsite, VMS are fully accredited in the Utility Standards with the Arboricultural Association. This assures our clients of our dedication to drive standards in delivery, quality and safety. Our operatives go through a robust training schedule to allow the highest standards in Arboricultural works delivery adhering to British Standard 3998: 2010 ‘Tree Work – Recommendations’.
This is particularly important when working on Specimen trees, those covered within a Conservation Area, by a Tree Preservation Order, or those being retained after reduction or pollarding works, as damage to the future health of the tree can easily be caused by sub-standard work, enhancing potential risk to the infrastructure.