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PLS ready for the call!

  • 1 June 2022
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PLS ready for the call!

Being vegetation management experts, PLS group UK carry out tree work for a variety of different clients. This can be felling and removing trees on big sites using large plant and machinery to working from a rope and harness in difficult access situations.

Being able to respond to a clients request at short notice is also a speciality of ours. During the winter storms during the early part of 2022, PLS were contacted by one of their long term clients to be on call to clear fallen trees on a stretch of Network rail line running across Kent in the south east.

Within a days’ notice a team was gathered together with all the necessary equipment and we were on our way from our North Yorkshire base to the south east of England, to carry out the work over the weekend.

Accessing railway sites can be difficult at the best of times, usually having to cross farmland or access from specific approved access points, often a long way from the work area. This time it was different! Our mode of transport to site would be an actual network rail locomotive!!! This meant the team could be delivered to exactly where the fallen trees and branches would be with the ability to cover a large area very quickly.

As always, our team conducted themselves with their usual professionalism liaising with both the client and network rail staff to ensure the job was completed and the line could be reopened for passenger traffic as quickly as possible. Another example of PLS group adapting to get the job done.

We can provide a solution to any difficult job and work tirelessly to provide a quick response to our clients in an emergency.

Civils enabling project for regular client

  • 1 June 2022
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Civils enabling project for regular client

PLS Group UK were contacted by a long term client to remove hedges and trees at multiple sites to facilitate site preperation and machine access for a major civil engineering company. 

It is a long term project that involves the installation of a water pipeline over a long stretch of the country side, bringing fresh water to the driest areas of Lincolnshire and east Anglia.

On this phase of works, the sites were spread across farmland, road and rail crossings over a 50 km stretch across the Lincolnshire countryside. PLS Group UK utilized the experience of our highly experienced tree clearance teams and machine operators.

Using smaller plant in this situation was an advantage where some of the sites would have proved difficult to access with larger machinery. Using one of our 2.5 tonne Bobcat E26 excavators with grab took all the hard work out of moving the timber and brash eliminating the need for the team to manually handle heavy pieces of timber and particularly thorny hawthorn branches (much to relief of our chainsaw operators)!! This not only increases efficiency but more importantly safety.

As always, PLS delivered on time and are ready and raring to go for the next phase of works!

Specialist site clearance project completed by PLS Group UK

  • 21 December 2021
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Specialist site clearance project completed by PLS Group UK

PLS Group UK were approached by a new client to carry out tree clearance works of an area of semi ancient old woodland coppice adjacent to a major reservoir chain. This was to allow re stabilisation work to the banking which had begun to move. After several weeks of planning between the client, ecology teams and expert advice from PLS Group UK, it was decided that smaller, low impact machines would be used to ensure minimal disturbance to the area. Due to the limited space, this proved a much more efficient solution, causing minimal ground disturbance.

Finally, all timber and wood chip was removed from site leaving it ready for the civils phase of works.  As usual PLS Group UK were able to complete the works within the timescale despite the challenges of terrain and extreme winter weather.  

Site clearance project for long term client

  • 21 December 2021
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Site clearance project for long term client

PLS Group UK were asked by one of its long-term civil engineering clients to carry out the clearance of trees and vegetation across a fifteen mile stretch of countryside over farmland, railway land and through woodland areas to allow the placement of the clients heavy-duty winching equipment and scaffolding. The project was to replace existing 400kv power cables.

PLS Group utilised its mechanised division using excavators and tree shears to clear large areas quickly. Using our large excavator fed chipper, cut material was chipped on site. Our skilled chainsaw operators removed trees manually in difficult to access areas. The final touch was to grind stumps and mulch the sites using our remote machines to ensure completely flat areas were available for the installation of track way and matting, to allow wagons and  large machines access to the sites.

All this was done when faced with one of the wettest months of May on record since 1963 with no damage or disturbance to saturated land!

Chainsaw training for new company recruits

  • 17 December 2021
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Chainsaw training for new company recruits

New recruits provided with the training and qualifications required to safely maintain and operate chainsaws and fell small trees via the NPTC qualifications CS30 and CS31.

Effective training is essential to obtain the necessary skills required for the safe use of chainsaws. With the help from sister company Brookside Tree Services, PLS Group UK ran courses using our LANTRA/NPTC trained instructors and independent external assessors who, are not only experienced trainers/assessors, but who also have many years working in the field allowing them to impart real world knowledge and experience onto trainees.

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