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In 2017. We invested heavily in our company.


 


 
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How the transportation of wood by Tarzan Tree Specialists has evolved...

In 2017. We invested heavily in our company. Some examples:

1. A1. First of all, we said goodbye to our delivery van, which we bought second hand in 2012. It was no longer in use due to the APK inspection. We have replaced this car with the same, but somewhat younger model.

2. For some years we have been looking for a closed van that: a) fits into a normal public parking space and b) can tow our 3500 kg trailer. Our fixed garage found this car, in the form of a second-hand Iveco, shortened model van.

3. In order to make our work physically lighter, we bought an electronic tracked cart. This 60 cm wide tracked vehicle is powered by rechargeable batteries. We chose this battery variant because it produces virtually no noise and no smell.

4. Last year, Tarzan’s Frans and Chris were busy with the construction of an open shed, so that we can work and store our equipment in the open air but under a roof. This log barn measures 16 x 5 meters, and is made from self-sawn tree trunks. Spice-rich grass has been laid on the roof, so that the barn is well camouflaged in the field where it had been built.



Our newest Tarzan: Kaj


 


 
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Our newest Tarzan: Kaj

Our newest Tarzan: Kaj

“I am Kaj. I finished high school a year and a half ago. After this I started working in a restaurant. With the money earned there, I was able to make the journey that I have always dreamed of. During that trip I discovered how much it means for me to be outdoors in nature, and to work with my hands. Later that year, I came across Tarzan Tree surgeons. The idea of working outside in places where you do not normally go in daily life really inspired me. Just like the physical and mental challenge of the profession. I have also been playing for a long time Parkour. A sport in which you go from A to B in a creative way and thereby you are pushing your own boundaries by having to overcome all kinds of obstacles that you encounter along the way, and yes, that can also be a tree. Climbing trees fits perfectly here. To be honest though, in the beginning, through the new daily rhythm of work and the use of physical strength, I found it hard to get used to the work. But now I know this work does me good! In a short time I learned a lot from my colleagues in the close, small team. This makes me feel more and more like a real Tarzan.”



Drone-alarm!


 


 
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A happy customer, after we
got his drone undamaged
from the tree.

Drone-alarm!

Very often we are called upon to rescue both animals (usually cats) and objects that have included bed sheets, kites, parachutes etc which had become stuck in a client’s tree. Last summer we are able to add a new item to this list when we called to a park near Diemen. The caller was a man who had the misfortune / oversight to allow his drone to get stuck in a poplar tree. Chris and Annemiek were sent to the rescue. After directions from the man where the drone was, Annemiek installed the climbing lines that are needed to get up into the tree. Chris conducted this special rescue and carefully he managed to “free” the drone, putting it safely in a bag that he carried, and climbed down. The undamaged drone was safely returned to the owner. Another satisfied customer!



Vicente (Vis): ‘It was a very nice time’


 


 
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Tarzan Vicente with one of our customers.

Vicente (Vis): ‘It was a very nice time’

“Almost three years ago I started working for Tarzan. In that time I have learned how to saw, climb, prune and cut. I was able to go to places that other people weren’t able to get to for example, the special Amsterdam inner gardens which are full of all kinds of historical detail. At the top of the list is the ‘Old Lady’, the oldest tree of the Amsterdam Forest. Despite having a wonderful three years I decided to stop 2 months ago. My girlfriend and I are planning to move to Mexico. Why? It will be an exciting new step in our adventures together and also for me, as a born Mexican,a great opportunity to discover this side of myself. What am I going to do in Mexico? First to follow a solid language course in Spanish,so that I increase my chances of employment. I do not know exactly what I’m going to do but something with trees will of course be my preference, whether or not in a climbing role. In addition, I am going to immerse myself in Mexican cuisine. Both food and cooking are important to me, so I am looking forward to developing my knowledge and expertise in this area. We are very excited.”




Tarzan in Sweden


 


 
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All relaxed during our visit
to Sweden.

Tarzan in Sweden

Outside of working hours the Tarzan crew likes to spend time together. Every four years in Sweden the largest forestry fair in the world at Elmia is organized. Naturally the prospect of spending a week in Sweden canoeing, followed by two days visiting the fair was extremely appealing to us. The outward journey was long ... much of it spent sitting in a car, with absolutely nothing to do. Once we arrived at the ferry port in Denmark to connect to Sweden we at least had the freedom to walk around and relax until finally under a starry sky and with a fresh sea breeze, we crawled into our sleeping bags on the upper deck. After arriving in Sweden we drove to a beautiful lake near Jönköping. There we had a a few hours sleep then packed our gear into waterproof barrels that we then loaded into our two rented Canadian open canoes. Our adventure had begun... It was Fantastic how clean and quiet the Swedish lakes were and what enormous distances you can cover with a canoe. (We could fully imagine how Canadian trappers with fully loaded boats would canoe back to the inhabited world.) The first night we slept on a very small island, where we had a single fire, trees to hang our hammocks in and we dined on a small fish that we had caught earlier that day. That’s how life continued ever day, we would paddle to the next beautiful place and camp in the evening. Swimming, canoeing, fishing, making camp fires and lazing ...It went exceptionally well!

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Giant tree trunk grab on the ‘Elmia’.

The last night unfortunately it started to rain. The hammocks in the open air were quickly exchanged for a tent. Frans thought it would be smart to set up his bed underneath an up-turned boat. Unfortunately ( for him!) it had been there for so long, that it was no longer water tight and more and more rain started to leak in! Leaving was just as exciting as arriving: the waves were way too high for our open canoes so we walked and when we reached the other side, after a few hours, the rain had cleared. And so we came finally back to our starting point, where we returned our canoes. Our journey continued by car, to a campsite near the Elmia fair. On Elmia equipment is all about being big, bigger, or the biggest! The largest shovels, the largest cranes, the biggest harvesters (automatic tree cutting machines) and shredders with a ‘mouth’ in which we could stand upright in together. There was almost too much to see in the field of cutting, processing and transporting wood. We also got to see many well-known colleagues, which is always very nice. We were very impressed with the smallest of what could be found at the fair: a very small electric cart on which you can lay branches or trunks, and that runs behind you. We immediately ordered this cart from the two Swedish tree surgeons who had built it and who had demonstrated at the Elmia fair. Unfortunately it turned out that these cool guys had underestimated the commercial production side of their business and the cart has still not been delivered. We spent our last Swedish night camping with pizza and an open fire on the lakeside.



Fracture pruning what is it?


 
 


 
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Fracture pruning applied to two
old popular trees

Fracture pruning what is it?

For us tree specialists, England has been a source of inspiration for many years. In the Netherlands we have a culture of ‘what is old must go’. In the more conservative England there are the means and support for maintaining old things, including their veteran trees. Already in 2003 Tarzan’s Frans went on a tree visiting trip to England, where he was inspired by these veteran trees. In 2007 the English tree veteran specialist: Neville Fay came to the Netherlands to learn us more about this subject. In 2014 the whole Tarzan Team went on another tree visiting trip to England. Knowledge of those special veteran trees in the Netherlands was always limited to a select group of tree specialists. This has changed in the past year; even the Dutch media has paid attention to the management of veteran trees. A new maintenance method, called: fracture pruning was recently in the news. Fracture pruning, simulates the natural way in which a tree of very old age prunes itself. When a tree grows older after its mature stage, it is becoming harder to maintain the ever-growing crown. The tree will then invest less in the production of sturdy tissue in some branches. As a result, branches can break out, creating a long wound in which the remaining wood cells are compressed by breaking off. Within the fracture pruning it is said that this compression stimulates the rest of the broken off branch to quickly create many new twigs. They will form a more compact but healthy new crown. We do not want branches to spontaneously break out of trees within our inhabited environment. So we have to simulate this in a controlled manner just before the branches break off spontaneously. For this purpose, special sawing and pulling methods have been developed when fracture pruning.

Essential points when fracture pruning:

1. The tree must actually be in the veteran stage (fracture pruning does not work on young and young adult trees).
2. It must be known which branches are weakened, or invest little in tissue production.
3. The fracture surfaces must be as long as possible.
4. Many uncontrollable forces are released during fracture pruning; it is therefore very dangerous vto do this without proper experience. The national attention for this phenomenon has led our customers to see the benefits for their trees and nature preservation. We have been able to do many beautiful projects last year, in which fracture pruning was central. Including on behalf of The Dutch Forestry Counsil, at the historical Jewish cemetery in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, as well as for various private clients.




Tarzan’s Annemiek in Libelle magazine


 


 
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Our Tarzan Annemiek, after the
make-up artist and stylist gave her a makeover.

Tarzan’s Annemiek in Libelle magazine

The Tarzan tree specialists are often asked to undertake some of the most bizarre jobs which include publications, movies and events. Perhaps because of our liking of these special little jobs Tarzan’s Annemiek was interviewed by Libelle magazine on 15th December. With a full-page photo, and a nice interview about trees, her work as a tree specialist and wood carver. As often the case with magazines, Annemiek first had to get a ‘makeover’ for the photo. Those who know Tarzan’s Annemiek a little will know that this was accompanied by the necessary objections on her part: “Because of that make-up, I no longer resemble myself!” she cried out.

We often put special jobs and experiences on our Facebook page.
Take a look at: www.facebook.com/Tarzanboomspecialisten



From the old box


 


 
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From the old box

You can see our pictures of Tarzan’s Diederik, who at the age of four was already busy in the garden of his parents’ house. It was already evident even then how happy he was and would be outside in the green of nature.



Rates 2018


 


 
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The highest point in the construction of our log barn has been reached.

Rates 2018:

1. We are spending more time meeting with our customers to ensure we deliver a truly personalized service.
2. We have invested in modernizing and extending the range of our machinery. Together with our knowledge and experience this has allowed us to deliver our services with even greater efficiency to our customers.
3. We process the green waste ourselves on our own site. This requires specialist machinery which is both costly to purchase and maintain.
4. We have not relayed the increase costs of our machinery and tools to the customer by increasing our prices. This year, however, we will be making some small price increases to our hourly rate and landfill charges. In addition due to the specialized nature and risks involved when working at heights there has been an increase in those charges.




Our amended rates from 1 February 2018

Tree specialist: € 47 p.p.p.u.
Surcharge Climbing: € 15 p.p.p.h.
Landfill green waste: € 25 p.m3


7 Tarzan facts


 
 
 
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7 Tarzan facts

1. Our WhatsApp number is 06 - 243 952 34.
2. You can also call us on 0297 - 58 29 94.
3. In 2017, a number of our customers and suppliers took part in a free paragliding tandem flight
together with Tarzan’s Frans. In 2018 we plan to organize these free flights again. In order to book
please send an email to ‘Tandem Tarzan’ (f@tarzan.eu).
4. Tarzan’s Chris married last year and has bought his own house. He is currently very busy
renovating his property.
5. We will email or send you a whatsapp message if and when it is time for the maintenance to be
done again on your garden; however it is important that if you want this work to be done and in
good time, that you confirm with us that you want us to perform this service.
6. You can record CO² yourself by processing prunings in your own garden (this is also very good for
the soil structure, and the animals in your garden.)
7. Tarzan annually removes 30 tons of CO² from the atmosphere by reusing and processing green
waste. Tarzan produces 15 tons. Our company removes twice as much co² from the atmosphere
as it produces.


 


 

Agenda 2018


 


 
 
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Our electric track cart ‘Rupsie’ with trailer.

Agenda 2018

4 and 5 May - Are the LB tree climbing Contests.
31 May to 2 June – Dutch tree Climb Championships for tree surgeons
(taking place in Leeuwarden.)
(For us these are the two most enjoyable tree climbing events of the year.)
26 July to 12 August - Tarzan closed r.e. summer vacation.
December 22 t / m January 1, 2019 - Tarzan closed r.e. Christmas break.


Ons streven


We are still aiming to work
even more efficiently in 2018.