Ash Dieback Case Study

The Challenge:

• A 220m long frontage to an ancient woodland adjacent to the busy A448 and footpath.

• A BT telecoms cable suspended from poles running the entire length of the work area.

• Numerous ash trees with varying stages of die back overhanging the carriageway.

• A need to avoid road closure and yet remove the trees safely.

The Solution:

• PBF Sennebogen 718E, Kesla 645T2 and specialist crew.

• Manned Traffic Management with single lane closure and short duration “double stop”.

• Professionally managed work with bespoke risk assessment and method statement, backed up by a full online compliance management system.

• All trees removed over a five-day period working within traffic management constraints of 9.30am to 3.30pm.

• No manual chainsaw work of any high-risk trees.


“PB Forestry provided an excellent and professional service on a challenging job. The job involved the felling of large ash stools with severe dieback, so it was important we found the right contractor to carry out the job safely. We were impressed with what could be achieved with the machinery used, which turned out to be the right bit of kit for the work. The operatives carried out an efficient and well controlled job and were able to do the work under a lane closure with traffic lights, which saved us the significant expense of a formal road closure. All objectives for the job were achieved and the site was left in a tidy condition.”

Nick Feledziak Woodlands Officer

Ash Dieback
Work carried out to remove trees safely whilst avoiding road closure.
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