High-tech tree analysis helps Trentham Estate to safely restore landscape

Bartlett Tree Experts has been assessing Trentham Estate's most valuable trees as part of the Staffordshire estate's landscape restoration programme.

PiCUS tomograph in use  - image: Jason Hasaka
PiCUS tomograph in use - image: Jason Hasaka

After an initial hazard tree survey across the estate, Bartlett has been surveying some of its more valuable and prestigious trees using a combination of PiCUS sonic tomography and resistance microdrilling, and assessing them using the International Society of Arboriculture's TRAQ methodology.

The arboricultural consultancy is now working with the estate to introduce a tree health care programme covering remedial tree works, soil de-compaction, fertilisation and pest and disease control.

The survey is part of the estate's plans to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot "Capability" Brown next year, which include restoring a lost landscape created by Brown in the late 18th century.

Bartlett arboricultural consultant Jason Hasaka said: "With the evaluation of risk and the appropriate remedial efforts made, the newly revealed part of the estate can be experienced safely by visitors."

Estate team manager Greg Williams added: "The technology offered by Bartlett gave us a much better understanding of our tree stock's condition, which has been instrumental in our forward planning."

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