Olivers News

March 2024

Largely thanks to Clare’s hard work we have received our Construction Line Silver Member certificate and our Acclaim certificate of health and safety accreditation. For the last 42 years we have prided ourselves on constantly training and maintaining our company standards and awards to remain at the forefront of the industry.

We had another wet month of dealing with storm damaged trees and sinking on wet sites but we carried out a spot of Cobra Bracing at Beamish. This was to preserve an end weighted limb on a veteran Beech tree which is a feature of the site. Bracing was used to take away the need for any pruning or reduction works, so this old tree was not put under unnecessary stress.

February 2024

We purchased and received a new Multitel SMX50 MEWP. This brand new elevated work platform is a serious bit of kit with a height reach of 25.1m and an outreach of 11m – on the right job this is the most efficient method of our teams working at heights.

We renewed our yearly sponsorship of Durham Roller Derby which is a local woman’s flat track Roller Derby team.

January 2024

Rested after the Christmas break we hit the ground running for 2024.

We asked for a donation to shred/recycle Christmas trees, which was a success. We matched the money we raised and popped into see Darren at PACT House Stanley with the donation. This is our local charity of choice which is a hub for community access to reduce issues such as isolation, support mental health and wellbeing issues. They also support people suffering from poverty and the cost of living crisis.

We completed an interesting and unusual job, Reece, Lewis and Josh removed some invasive Buddleia that was growing on the side of the former Keelman’s Hospital building on Newcastle Quayside. The building is a grade 2 listed building that was built in 1701 for Keelmen who worked on the River Tyne carrying coal on barges. The Buddleia had taken hold in the brick work and was making the place unsafe and unsightly, a successful day in trying to resort this building back to its former glory for the client.

December 2023

A positive end to another productive year to wrap up 2023:

Reece, Alex and the 2 James’s spreading a bit of Christmas cheer putting up village Christmas trees at Esh Village and Quebec.

Our Arboricultural Association Approved Contactor assessment completed which we passed with flying colors. This is the only comprehensive accreditation for arboricultural contractors in the UK. Every Approved Contractor has been thoroughly assessed in tree work and health and safety, meaning customers are assured of high-quality tree care undertaken safely and professionally. This is a scheme we have proudly been accredited members of for over 20 years.

A brilliant time was had by all at our Christmas night out, with thanks to Amins Spice for their great hospitality.

We had our ¼ meeting with annual achievement awards for well deserved members of staff.

On our last day we had a final emergency call out job to attend to fallen trees blocking the entrance road in to a care home at Alnwick, then everyone is off home to their family’s for Christmas.

Andy and Steve would like to thank all of our staff, clients, customers and suppliers for your help and support throughout the year!

November 2023

Winter hitting with snow days and storm damage on the menu.

Below one of our teams are making light work of some recent storm damaged trees up at Kielder Reservoir.

The trees were in an inaccessible location for a vehicle so we had to use a mini digger and our track chipper for this task.

October 2023

Busy month including essential safety work at some of our schools during October half term:

Tricky technical takedown for Reece and his team of a mature Oak tree in Yarm which was in decline due to the fungal infection of Ganoderma. This had been identified in a recent health and safety survey.

The tree was located to the side of an access road to a school and needed a lot of rigging work to get the crown down safely without causing any damage to the surrounding area or falling into the road.

Timber extracted on the trailer by the Skid-steer and removed from site by the tractor – no disturbance, no mess, no damage.

September 2023

Mathew and Reece checking out our recent addition to the fleet, a D-Max Arb Truck, fresh back from the sign writers.

This is a custom made 4×4 which gives us more off-road options for difficult to access sites. It has a robust tipping body and uprated towing capacity.

August 2023

In over 40 years of being in business we carryout regular and current health and safety training with our staff. This month our team carried out an NVQ level 2 CAT & Genny course for underground work. This will ensure we work safely around underground services while Stump Grinding and planting trees.

July 2023

Lewis and Jack brought home our brand-new Timberwolf 230 veritracked chipper fitted with an electric winch – this should help us out with some site clearance work.

June 2023

Following a recent shopping trip Danny has come back to the yard with a brand new FSI-D30 Track Stump Grinder, with a dozer blade and remote control.

We now have a fleet of four Stump Grinders – contact us for any stump grinding work you require.