A NORLEY tree consultant is developing his services, thanks to help from Rural Enterprise Gateway.
David Lloyd-Jones formed Cheshire Arboriculture and Cheshire Tree Surgeons in 1985, as a way of providing cost effective and useful tree services and his ethical efforts have now been rewarded with funding.
David contacted Rural Enterprise Gateway after discussion with The Mersey Forest and is now using this financial support to develop his business for the benefit of others.
The 45-year-old dad-of-two said: “Trees are my vocation. I started doing tree work initially 23 years ago but later established my own area of research about the evolution of tree morpho logy and got so lost in the whole thing.
“Trees are so endlessly intriguing and absorbing.
“I approached the Rural Enterprise about six months ago with my ideas. They recognised that what we are trying to do is absolutely worth supporting, as it is ethical and forward thinking, and we can make use of a by-product and make a dramatic difference to the utilisation of timber for practical and attractive applications.
“It is lovely to get some appreciation and help from a government organisation.”
Money will go towards buying bandsaws to convert timber and also to continue to develop David’s online advice sites and tree contracting websites, as well as marketing an electrical health and safety device that David has patented.
He said: “I have just developed Arbornauts.com and treeadvice.com and this is a great way of helping people across the country to get the best advice and competitive quotes for tree works.
“People can send me photos, which I can then look at and offer free initial consultancy and best advice or a competitive quote, if it is a job that is required.
“In developing the web facilities I am offering a wide range of services people can access across the country and I am also reducing my carbon footprint by not travelling to offer advice.
“I offer this service free as I am not spending any money on petrol and the timesaving potential is huge, thereby increasing my effectiveness.”
And David, who operates his business from the The Old Market Garden in Moss Lane, with daughters Alex and Elizabeth and his pet Alsatian Ozzy, believes trees can be given rebirth in new products.
He said: “The Craftwoods website will show our stock of timber so people can see what we can offer.’’
Nicola Lavin, Rural Enterprise Gateway programme director, believes David’s work is beneficial to the environment.
She said: “We supported David with a grant because his idea has good business potential as well as strong environmental benefits.
“The development of the websites will be of great benefit to members of the public and businesses nationwide and we look forward to watching the progress of David’s projects in the future.”
Visit www.craftwoods.co.uk and www.arbornauts.com to find out more about David’s services and skills.
For further information about Rural Enterprise Gateway, visit www.ruralenterprisegateway.co.uk.