Posts By: William Jones

COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan

COVID-19 Business Continuity Policy

Important Update: COVID-19

T&G Tree Service remains open and we have been actively monitoring Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) advice regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). We want to take a calm and balanced approach, while implementing meaningful actions that prioritise the health and wellbeing of our people, customers and the community.

Protecting Our Customers, Our People & Our Community

At T&G we continue to maintain and clean our equipment to the highest standards. Since COVID-19 emerged, we have implemented additional cleaning procedures for our equipment including antibacterial cleans of any surfaces our customers or staff may regularly come into contact with e.g. steering wheels, handles, machinery and electronic equipment etc.

Our staff  and sub-contractors are being regularly updated with any additional hygienic tasks suggested by the Australian Government or WHO, and are well supplied with appropriate soaps, wipes, and personal protective equipment.

We are keeping our vehicles, offices and workshops sanitised – engaging extra cleaning services to help keep workspaces safe. We have implemented social distancing, our staff are required to travel in separate vehicles to job sites and our policy is keeping a distance of a minimum 1.5m from fellow employees, members of the public and tenants of properties that we are required to attend.

T&G have put in place a ban on travel, postponed all large-scale events, limited meeting sizes, and implemented “Working from Home” options for non-operational roles. We are also encouraging social distancing for employees who continue to serve our customers in operational and sales roles.

We continue to ask our staff to take leave if they experience any cold or flu symptoms and to follow the recommendations of the Australian Government Department of Health.

Assisting Our Customers, Our People & Our Community

We have equipped our staff and sub contractors with technology and procedures, including remote meeting solutions, so they can continue working. This helps encourage social distancing and maintains our social responsibility to others within our community.

T&G continues to remain in regular contact with all our suppliers and sub-contractors to minimise and any potential delays. We want to ensure the best service for our customers, making sure their trees and properties are safe during this difficult time.

What We Ask of You

T&G Tree Service is 100% Australian owned and managed, we pride ourselves on the continual commitment we make to our people, our customers and our communities.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been in contact with our people or equipment, please advise our staff as soon as possible, so we can act appropriately to keep everyone safe.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our team on 02 43846486

We’re here to help.

Stay safe, and keep looking out for each other.

Let’s make it happen.

T&G Tree Service

www.treeandgarden.com.au

What’s New this Spring?

Council Tree Policy Updates

Wyong Council has updated their tree policy to align with Gosford. What does this mean for your trees?

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T&G has a new drone

We now have a smaller drone that allows us to access the internal tree canopy for easier aerial tree inspections. Arborist Inspections start at $99.

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The Green Yard Spring Sale

T&G’s sister business The Green Yard is having a 20% off sale on all our firewood and mulch products. Available to up to the 30th November.

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10% off September Tree Work

T&G are giving a 10% discount on tree works quoted on in September only. Includes stump grinding, wood chipping, tree pruning and tree removal works. Please phone the lovely Anne on 43846486 or email info@treeandgarden.com.au to book a quote.

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Aerial Tree Inspections

Welcome to the new world of tree inspections.

Get close up and personal with you tree via our new drone which allows fast and easy access to the canopy.

 

You’ll be surprised at what we find!

Tree inspections using the drone start at just $99 – includes photos and basic tree report.

 

Trees May Fall

Be Tree Smart….

One still quiet and sunny day last week I was taking a walk with my kids along Reserve drive in Bateau Bay on the Central Coast NSW. We noticed a few people standing around a car in the distance. As we got closer (and looked up) we could see why……a large tree section had fallen on an unsuspecting beach goers SUV .

 

Luckily no one was inside….

Luckily no people were under the tree when it failed….

a few days later National Parks NSW put up some barricades and removed the tree. This was quite a shame as it was a great habitat tree with lots of hollows for wild life.

Trees May Fall….

Be careful this Easter school holidays when walking under, camping under or parking under trees. Keep an eye out for large dead limbs. Look up, be respectful and mindful of trees and stay safe.

VIP UPDATE ON WYONG COUNCIL TREE POLICY

As part of the Central Coast Council, Wyong Council has now bought it’s tree policy into alignment with that of Gosford Council.

Previously most* trees were exempt for removal for residential properties in the Wyong Council area. This has now changed.

Highlights: All trees will now require approval for tree removal in Wyong.

Exempt Tree Works:

The following activities can, in most cases, be carried out without seeking formal Council approval;

  1. Trees within three (3) metres of an approved building (measured one (1) metre above ground level and between the face of the wall and the part of the trunk nearest the building), providing the tree species is not a threatened species or listed on Council’s Significant Tree Register or Heritage Item.
  2. Tree species listed in Appendix 1: Undesirable Species & Appendix 2: Noxious Plants; in Chapter 3.6 of the Wyong DCP 2013
  3. Branches directly overhanging the roofline of an approved building (in accordance with Australian Standard AS4373-2007);
  4. Branches within 1m around electricity and/or telecommunication wires
  5. Trees identified in the Rural Fire Service 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme
  6. Specified vegetation may only be cleared in accordance with the 10/50 rules as set out in the Code of Practice.
  7. Removal of dead and or dangerous trees due to obvious instability or hazard. Evidence must be kept for a minimum of six (6) months and made available to Council if required. Evidence such as photos of the tree in situ and report by a suitably qualified and experience person, or statement from State Emergency Services (if the service carried out the works).

Follow this link for Wyong Councils website and further information.

How much does a Tree Work Application Cost?

Tree Works Application cost for one to five trees is $103.00 (GST Inclusive) and for six or more trees $103.00 base rate per application plus $33.00 per tree more than five trees (GST Inclusive).

 

How do I apply for a tree care maintenance?

You can follow this link to Wyong Councils website 

or download the form here:

Tree-Works-Application-Form-Mar2018

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Central Coast Council Tree Removal Policies

Gosford and Wyong Councils have amalgamated, what will happen to their tree policies?

Tree Climbing

Tree Climbing Experts

Current Gosford Council Policy Simplified – Get Approval Unless*

*Put simply, any tree over 3m tall needs approval for removal within the Gosford Council boundary.

Exceptions:

  • The tree is under 3m in height;
  • The tree is within 3m of a Council approved structure (pool, house, building);
  • The tree is part of a current approved DA (Development Application);
  • The tree is dead;
  • Pruning of branches directly over a Council approved building;
  • Pruning of branches interfering with service wires;
  • The tree is an exempt species: Camphor Laurel, Cocos Palm, Radiata Pine,Willow Tree, Rubber Tree, Non-native Fruit Trees, Umbrella Tree, Coral Tree and Golden Cypress Pine Trees.

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Current Wyong Council Policy now aligns with that of Gosford and the Central Coast Council. Check our latest blog here for the update: Click Here

 

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How do I apply for work on my trees?

Wyong Council: follow the below link:

You can follow this link to Wyong Councils website 

or download the form here:

Tree-Works-Application-Form-Mar2018

Gosford Council please click on the link: Gosford Online Tree Works Application

Printable version for Gosford:

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What is the future?

Both these Councils within the same demographic and geographic area have wildly different attitudes towards trees. I don’t see any change in the immediate future, but I would like to see Wyong Council shift their “cut anything down” policy  to align more with Gosford Councils policy towards the preservation and maintenance of trees in the Central Coast region. Note: Great to see they have now done this. (Edit note update 2018)

For any questions or to arrange a FREE quote or tree assessment: Contact an Arborist, Will Jones: 0402 418 017

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Cocos Palms – an introduced species.

Cocos palms are an introduced species from South America. The tropical theme must have been all the rage back in the 1980’s as these trees are everywhere! Whilst they do look tropical they are also a nuisance to the urban environment. The crown of these palm trees are nesting sites for indian minor birds and cockroaches a-plenty. The berries are a food source for fruit bats which poop all over your car, the acidity of it ruins your duco! The dropped berries are a food source for rats and are a also choking hazard to your pets and a trip hazard to unsuspecting humans. It doesn’t end there, think a palm tree has a small root system? Wrong! The little finger roots of palms get into all pipes and drainage ditches, their mass of roots will expand to push over walls and encroach on pools.

What to do? We recommend replacing your unwanted cocos palms with Aussie native trees or native palms such as the bangalow palm – a much more gentle and attractive species. The bangalow palm is self cleaning and is much less of a habitat for unwanted nasties as is the cocos palm.

Here is a video showing the first step  – repurpose your cocos palm into mulch.

Tree Fact #2 – Breathe Easy

Tree Fact #2 – Breathe Easy

A 30m tall mature tree can produce 2,700 kilograms of oxygen in a year, which is enough to support at least two active people breathing day and night .

Tip: plant trees on your property or get together with a group or landowner to plant trees as a collective to cover you and your families oxygen needs.

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