Sherborne Castle is set in 550 acres of gardens and grounds created by Capability Brown in 1753 which contain some magnificent specimen trees. Knighton Countryside Management Ltd have carried out work on the estate’s trees since 2008, implementing the work specified by their in house surveys.
The works carried out have incorporated many acknowledged veteran tree techniques. Deer Park trees, for example, have required retrenchment pruning. The trees have been managed by using the natural pollarding process as far as possible, only removing branches that are likely to cause damage to the tree if allowed to fall naturally, or those that constitute a health & safety risk. Techniques such as the introduction of tears, fractured ends and coronet cuts are used to maintain the tree’s natural shape and appearance. Sail area is carefully managed. The long term nature of Knighton’s work with Sherborne Castle Estates is ideal as it allows for veteran trees to be appropriately and subtly managed.
In addition to the planned veteran tree management, Knighton Countryside Management Ltd also provides an emergency call out service for the Estate. Our Arborists have specially designed chip trucks which carry all the equipment needed for emergency call outs as standard, and our staff hold Chapter 8 Signing, Lighting & Guarding training for roadside work, as well as all the relevant chainsaw qualifications. Our range of chippers, both tracked and towed, have capacity from 6 to 12 inches, and can access any areas. Our staff are fully qualified to use our chippers, MEWPs and forwarder. Our arborists hold the full spectrum of NPTC qualifications.
We have installed lightning protection on several of the larger trees on the estate, and our 4WD Cherry Picker with its 27m reach is invaluable to this kind of work, allowing us easy access on all terrains.
We are particularly sensitive to the wider ecological issues surrounding the management of veteran trees. Work for the Estate has included full bat inspections of any suspect trees by our in house bat inspectors, and we include risk assessment for nesting birds, dormice and other vulnerable species as a matter of routine.