What we did at Chelsea. 1. Sharon

Naturally a ladies-eye view of what to do in the grounds of the Royal Brompton Hospital are slightly different (but not always) to those of men. And so it was that the new elected VP of the ICF was drawn to the Chelsea Flower Show 2019, attiring herself in an outfit that would give the flowers and assorted presenters a good run for their money. A quick divert down the Old Kings Rd, and a skirt festooned with flowers was all ready to enter the fray. With Compton the faithful SHA Retriever faithfully parked outside in the 'Retriever Parking Only' spot (dress code order for this one thank you), she made her way with some dispatch to the 'Resilience Garden', put together by the Forestry Commission, where she was met by Steve Scott, Area Director.  After a quick catch up, she found herself behind the cordon and halfway up the grain silo, gazing across the site before being asked to leave by Steve, for the reason that the skirt was, apparently, outdoing the flowers.

CAVAT Day great success!

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Another great success for Chris Neilan and CAVAT!  The first event of the year, held at FirstSite in Colchester, was sold out within a few weeks of going on sale and the 20 delegates, from the private and public sector, enjoyed good weather for another day of essential training with in-depth analysis of CAVAT, and practical field work in the magnificent surroundings of Castle Park. Sharon Hosegood and Luke Faye discussed their forthcoming Canopy and CAVAT valuations of development sites over years, projecting forward existing and new planting. A document on this will be circulated soon.

For those who missed this course, more are planned but take note, the next date, on the20th June, is booked already, so if you'd like to be placed on a cancellation list, let Noel at SHA know as soon as possible.

Relax – is this the best way or what?

Everybody in credit control has the same issues. They hear the same stories, deal with them patiently, politely, and without judgement. But there comes a time when, after a day of money-chasing, there is only one 'real' way to unwind.

Nicknamed 'Compo', this 'Golden' as they are known, is the perfect therapy for all us frazzled money-chasers.

Happy not to ask 'how's the day gone', he just makes himself as big a puppy as he can and plays for days, unaware of the incredible good he is giving out.

At 18 weeks, and a feather light 18Kg, he is quite literally a huge part of the SHA family! Follow him on Twitter & Instagram

@ compothegolden


Compo, Golden Retriever

2nd CAVAT Course details June 20th 2019

Due to the popularity of the first CAVAT course, now sold out, we have arranged for a second course to take place at the same venue, FirstSite, in Colchester. Date is Thursday, June 20th,  and there are a limited number of places left already so if you are interested in booking please contact us as soon as you can. Discounted price for tree officers at £120 +VAT, all others £150 +VAT.

Welcome the New Vice President!

Very proud to announce that the Institute of Chartered Foresters have elected Sharon as their new Vice President, and the company are very proud of this achievement. It comes in the same week that Sharon was elected to the board of Institute of Arboricultural Studies,  Hong Kong. We all wish her all the best and many, many congratulations on these  achievements.