Monday, October 31, 2011

"Free Chainsaw workshop" is going National

This post gives information on the free chainsaw training workshops being hosted by TreeCareIreland.
Many individuals have already registered an interest by filling in the opt in box on the post

We at TCI have spent the summer running Chainsaw courses and NPTC Assessments, learning about the key issues faced by chainsaw users and developing our free workshops to deliver the basic skills to reduce accidents and make chainsaw use safer and more efficient.

We will be rolling out free chainsaw awareness courses across Ireland. If their are groups of interested chainsaw users, please send an email to or visit our website and leave us an enquiry.

Courses start on December 10th at 10am at Treecareireland in Carlow. Directions are also available from the Treecareireland  chainsaw training website 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Irish Pole Climbing Competition (construction)

The poles are in and the arena is being built. Now it's up to the climbers to take a deep breath and get their shit together.
We spent two days felling, transporting and getting these suckers in the ground. At 113feet long they were one of the longest loads transported in ireland.
They are also the longest wooden poles erected in Ireland!

The full photo album is available at Treecareireland pole climbing

Other photo albums are available at husqvarna pole climbing construction

Another photo album is available at Treecareireland training services - pole climbing competition

If you want to compete in the race. Their are two classes; professional and tree surgery Class. This event is Sponsored by Husqvarna, so prizes are good and trophies are up for grabs.

Register at Irish pole climbing for a chance to win and be an Irish Champion.

More information is also available from Treecareireland on Facebook

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Got wood? Poplar?

The Axe men, exhibiting their skills at the ploughing champs, require poplar timber.

Please contact TreeCareIreland on Facebook or the office on 0599148678

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Irish Pole Climbing Competition ENTRY FORM


Put this date in your diary!........

Treecareireland training services 
are currently organising the 
Irish Pole Climbing Competition on behalf of  
National Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co. Kildare on September 20th-22nd 2011.

Enrollment for competitiors is currently underway and 20 climbers have already signed up for the first Irish competition.
This event is promised to be like noother ever seen at The Ploughing Championships. Competitors will be coming from all corners to battle it out for The title of Irish Champion.

Proceeding will be managed, on the day, by Kevin Birchall and former World Champion, Terry Bennett. Terry has also put the crew on full alert for a potential new World record in the professional section.

Entrants must be over 16 years of age and can enter as experienced (professionals) or amatuer competitors. Rules are available from Pole climbing on Facebook.

There will also be a 'Team Event Prize' for teams of 3 competitors. This offers the opportunity for companies to send a team and gain a mention during the proceedings.

All entrants must pre-register using the form below:

Championship Entry Form

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Irish Tree climbing Competition

The 1st Irish Tree Care Association All Ireland Tree-climbing Competition gets underway on Thursday evening.

Location: Birr, County Offaly
Dates: 6th and 7th May  equipment inspections begin on Tuesday evening, with a final call on Thursday.

Prizes are going to be well worth the trip.

Official Sponsors:

Husqvarna, Aspen and Jonsered
Insight Insurance
Woodpecker Environmental
Parklawn Tree services
Treacy Lawnmowers
Woodlands Falconry

More info is availble from Treecareireland and from joining The Irish Treecare Network
Also visit The Irish Woodland and Forestry Show

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Monday, January 17, 2011

CS32 Tree Felling Assessments | Medium Tree felling | Large Tree Felling

Changes to NPTC Assessments for Medium and Large Trees have been in effect for the past number of months.
CS32 Medium Tree Felling and CS33 Large Tree Felling Awards have been combined to form a new CS32 Felling trees over 15" in diameter.
Despite this change, training courses have remained very similar to the requirements of both medium and large tree felling. Advanced felling techniques are still required to attain the new CS32 unit and would not be completely covered in medium tree felling training courses.

There is some resistance to the changes to the old units and still some talk of the old CS33 unit being re-instated. I was recently contacted by an instructor who is interested in bringing back the old unit. I would be tempted to agree as I think the new CS32 unit will be confused by employers for many years to come and operators will be happy to pretend they have the new unit rather than admit to only having medium tree felling awards.

Training dates at Treecareireland for medium and large tree felling are available from the website

Comments are most welcome on this post

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