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

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.


CAVAT – Colchester 2019

CAVAT Day at FirstSite, Colchester

CAVAT is becoming established as an essential tool in any UK arboriculturist‘s toolkit. It is now widely used to recover realistic replacement costs for damaged public trees, to help safeguard trees during development and as an asset management tool.

Are you confident that you can use CAVAT accurately and defensibly? See the flyer for the event and details here. Tickets are limited, so please register your interest early.

Sharon Hosegood Associates Ltd is proud to announce that on Thursday 16th May 2019 it will host a full day’s training in CAVAT by its author Christopher Neilan. The day has been carefully planned to give both new or experienced users confidence that they understand both the aims and uses of both methods. Chris will concentrate on the correct use of the Full method- including a guided practical group session.

Light refreshments and lunch will be provided, parking is available near the venue but fees are not included in the ticket price.

For more information contact Noel Durdant-Hollamby (SHA) 01245 210420, e-mail

2018 ……and all that! Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year to you all, from Sharon, Noel, and Ian at SHA!

It's been the most intense year so far, with challenging situations requiring unique solutions occurring  at least once a week. The TreeRadar has been working overtime, and software updates have continued to help improve our understanding of tree rooting, which in turn improves our recommendations and informs our clients in a more beneficial way than ever. More research and development, spearheaded by SHA, will involve a summit in Florence, Italy, this summer, with tree radar users coming from all over the world to meet and share their experiences.  Noel naturally can't wait to go, (he's always loved the Magic Roundabout).

Community engagement was very busy this year, with Sharon engaging schools for tree planting on two major sites, and at Erith Quarry, a huge development project (in which SHA oversaw three disciplines), resulted in construction companies Andersons and L&Q picking up Regeneration Project of the Year at the London Construction Awards. There was also a general uptake in outreach to groups otherwise not au-fait with the business of 'trees'.

Public speaking began with Ian and Sharon presenting at the ICF National Conference, and was rounded off with presentations at the Annual Arboriculture Summit in Hong Kong, organised by Don Picker, in November, whilst planning permissions for two flagship sites were achieved, representing a testament to the level of quality of consultants involved.

CAVAT moved up a gear as we hosted a training day on the subject, with creator Chris Neilan, at our old offices at Old Park Farm, Chelmsford. A buffet lunch was provided, along with a powerpoint presentation in the afternoon session, attended by consultants from all over the country.  More are planned for 2019.

MEDIA was never far away as in April Springwatch filmed our investigation of the Major Oak Tree Radar  for inclusion as a clip on the programme. The in-house production of the film has been re-edited to include a voice over and a new score. A Portrait of the Tree, an exhibition of photographs by Adrian Houston, also requested Sharon to give her choice to be included in the show which premiered at Unit, Londons premiere new gallery in Hanover Square, and it also included an interview with Yvonne Alexander, of JetTV, who is making a short film of the event, and people involved. Watch the Joanna Lumley clip here.

Message for 2019? Well if there is one, it is to get the message out there more.

Sharon Hosegood Presenting