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 |  David Finch  | 
I wish to share ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of an arborists work on our property. It’s difficult to get the real result through the eye of a cellphone.

The visits will improve once the regrowth begins and we can see a little already.

We have been living there for three and a half years. Things were very bushy. We noticed one of the trees wasn’t looking so well. A lot of pieces were dried out and dying. We were not 100 per cent sure what kind of tree it was, but we knew it was sick.

We called Andrew Noakes who does a monthly column in The Informer – “For the love of trees.”  He came, looked very carefully examining the tree and noticed the one next to it was on the same trajectory as its sick neighbour.

The outcome is, he has cut out all the dead wood and trimmed the branches carefully. Andrew doesn’t just chop. He works on what he feels is good for the tree and its future.

They were very big trees, but they were sick at their centre.  We have been very impressed. He is more than an arborist. He is a specialist and professional to say the least. He really cares about trees. Already they have started to improve. I am sure The Informer won’t mind my placing his contact details at the base of this letter. We are all concerned about trees.

Andrew Noakes, of NZ Arb Consultancy, is a local Qualified Arborist and TRAQ Certified Assessor. 0204 163 5486

Yes we have bananas! On another note. To remind you that climate change is a myth, a picture of my bananas.

This is the third time we have grown bananas. We thought about frost. But we took these up the hill and they take the lady fingers very well. This bunch started to shape twelve months ago and has taken till now to mature into yummy fruit.

I pick them separately as ripening as a whole bunch at once would mean banana cake.

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