We hope that everyone is doing well and staying safe at this time. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult situation for millions of individuals and businesses in the UK & across the globe. This has had such an impact on many people and businesses. Just remember that we’re all in this battle together.

As you know, Furlonger Tree Services suspended its operations about two months ago to comply with government directives and safety guidelines. After those directives were lifted, we reopened our business operations on Monday 25th May 2020. Upon reopening, we have put new safety measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as we serve our customers.

The new safety measures include the following:

  • No more than two staff members in one vehicle at a time.
  • Staff are provided with face masks and disposable gloves to wear.
  • All staff members have been trained on how to use personal protection equipment properly.
  • All vehicles and tools will be cleaned every morning and evening.
  • All staff members will be required to sanitise their hands with anti-bacterial hand gel throughout each day.
  • All staff members must practice social distancing.
  • Staff members cannot enter clients’ properties for any reason.
  • Staff members cannot have any direct contact with the general public.

The safety of our customers and staff members is essential. Implementing these new safety measures will significantly reduce the chance of anyone contracting the coronavirus from someone else. We plan to continue these safety measures for as long as it takes to keep people safe.

WTOTM May 2020

In May 2020, Furlonger Tree Services was the recipient of the WTOTM Award for the charity work we’ve done for Mid-Surrey Mencap. The work consisted of removing fallen trees and damaged trees that were at risk of falling. We did not charge any money for providing this service to the charitable organisation. It was our way of giving back to the community and trying to help our fellow disabled citizens stay safe during this pandemic crisis.

Which? Certificate of Distinction

Another award we received was the “Which? Certificate of Distinction,” which recognised the great work we’ve done as an essential and trusted service provider in the community for over the last year. We continue to receive a plethora of positive reviews from our customers, which greatly influenced our odds of receiving these awards from Which? Trusted Trader.

50,000 Trees Planned for Urban Areas of England

We recently saw this article on the BBC News site – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51415270 highlighting the plan for 50,000 new trees to be planted in urban areas across the country. This is some really great news to hear as having more trees has so many different benefits “Not only do trees in urban areas help to improve wellbeing but they also offer benefits in many other ways, like helping tackle climate change and mitigating flood risks,” Sir Harry Studholme, chairman of the Forestry Commission

Over the past couple of decades, the rates in the UK of planting trees has fallen. In more recent years, they have started to rise again and the plan is to get the rate back up to the same levels as 1989 – see graphic below:

Team News

We are proud to announce that our Apprentice Nathan Tanner has just passed his City & Guilds NPTC Level 3 Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques. Nathan also passed his NPTC Use of MEWP last December so will be getting some practice in on our new Cherry Picker. Congratulations for achieving these Nathan, keep up the good work and it won’t be long to go until you are fully qualified.

Outdoor Places to Visit

As parts of the UK are now opening back up after the relaxation of lockdown rules now is a great time to get back out into the world. Surrey is home to some of the best parks & gardens in the whole country.

One of the top places to visit is Priory Park in Reigate. Since its restoration in 2007 Reigate Priory park has become a popular destination park for many families living within Surrey. There is a fantastic children’s play area with sand and water features and a huge wooden ship.

Getting Back to Normal

As life gets back to normal again, the trees of your properties will need a lot more attention. If they have not been maintained or monitored over the last couple of months, then it is time to call our professional tree surgeons to inspect them and to make the necessary modifications.

Do not let the distraction of the coronavirus keep you from maintaining the integrity of your property and the trees that are on it. We know things are tough right now, but together we can get through it if we try.