By specialist turf care company

David Churchyard has joined Terrain Aeration Services to head up the new Terrain Aeration Tree Division.

The company has been treating trees for over thirty years and say they see this as an opportunity to expand their specialist service.

David brings an extensive wealth of knowledge regarding pests, diseases and fungal growths to trees as well as turf. He was employed as a head forester for twenty-one years on a 6000 acre estate where he was involved in working on and looking after all aspects of the estate’s extensive woodlands. This covered planting heritage oaks, caring for the veteran 900-year-old trees and drawing up management plans for current and future works.

To increase his knowledge over the years, David has taken part in many lectures and courses on veteran trees in various locations, including Windsor Castle estate. He also took part in a film on AOD (Acute Oak Decline), the relatively new disease that began affecting many British oak trees since the last quarter of the 20th century. Climate changes are strongly affecting our trees and helping keep them alive is now a priority and one which David relishes in having a key role in. 

David says he has joined Terrain to head and expand the division and to get the critical message out there that “it’s the roots that are the root of the problem!” Many trees of all ages are struggling with compaction. This means that essential nutrients are not getting down to the life-giving area of the tree.

The message is simple, take care of the bottom -the roots - and the top of the tree will look after itself. 

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