Old Oak Tree Care uses the same environmental policies adhered to when working on nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest to wherever it works. Low-smoke vegetable based two-stroke oil, biodegradable chain oil and exceptionally careful use of herbicides ensure damage to the environment is kept to a minimum.
All arisings from the business are recycled or reused. hedge cuttings and small brash are usually taken to a commercial composting facility where, within 8 to 13 weeks, they will be turned into commercial compost. Brush wood can also be chipped and taken to a biomass fuel plant where it is burnt and turned into electricity.
An increasingly popular use for chipped material is that it is left for the customer as a useful organic mulch. This can be used on beds as a weed supressant, water retainer and decorative feature. It can be delivered to any part of a property by the use of the chipper box mounted on a power barrow (see picture below). Old Oak Tree Care prefers to use this method if it is at all possible as it recycles arisings on the doorstep and avoids transportation costs.
Larger timber is turned into firewood and particularly useful timber is offered to a number of wood artists and furniture makers.Many people require firewood to be cut into usable lengths and this can easily be accomodated.
For those wishing to take a more environmentally friendly approach and where circumstances allow, small branches and twigs can be compacted down into brash piles on site that provide excellent habitat for many creatures. Logs can also be made into piles, again making a home, shelter and food for a great number of organisms. Location, make up of the piles, construction of the piles, micro-environment and size will affect how and what organisms will use them.
Old Oak Tree Care has undertaken recognised training with the Bat Conservation Trust to recognise trees where bats may roost. Many speices of bat will use trees as hibernation, roosts or maternity roosts. As all bats are protected by law, consideration needs to be given to the welfare of this under-threat family of mammals.