Woodpecker Tree Care is all about preservation, but when we do have to cut a tree down we do our best to repurpose the wood (if it’s good quality). Sometimes the property owner is delighted to keep it for their furnace or share it with their neighbours, or John will happily take it home for his beloved wood stove and fire pit. One of the more interesting places our wood has ended up is in Jake Fenwick’s workshop, a local homesteader and bowyer (bow-maker) in Sackville NB.
John optimistically purchased this Ulmus “Morton” elm hybrid, more commonly known as an “Accolade” elm, from Charlie the Tree Guy this fall. The Accolade cultivar was originally planted in 1924 at the famous Morton Arboretum (Lisle, Illinois). In 2005, the Accolade was studied alongside several cultivars in the US National Elm Trial, which determined the survival rate among elms. At the time, elm trees were dying off by tens of millions due to Dutch Elm Disease (DED) and other pests. Accolade came out as one of the top hybrid cultivars, with a 92.5% survival rate.
S. Hall Tire, Muffler, & Auto Repair Centre is one of the local businesses keeping elm trees alive and well in the Maritimes. Owner and operator Scott Hall was aware of Dutch Elm Disease and how it was killing beautiful elm trees across the Atlantic Provinces, but wasn’t sure what he could do to help the trees from dying off. After learning that Woodpecker Tree Care heads the Maritime Elm Protection Initiative, he felt the need to take action.
“The Dutch Elm Disease problem has moved into our area, infecting and killing these beautiful trees. I decided to sponsor two trees as I feel it’s a worthy cause and it needs to happen. If nobody gets involved, all will be lost.”
Luciano Onichino, more often affectionately called “Looch,” is honoured to climb and care for trees. He joined the team in 2018, and has learned leaps and bounds, including how to climb and remove trees. The team loves having him around for his big heart and mechanical skills.
The fifth installment of “Meet the Team Monday” features the newest addition to the Woodpecker Tree Care crew, Meg Cunningham.
Meg started with Woodpecker Tree Care by washing trucks, but her role has developed since then. Meg is the current Maritime Elm Protection Initiative coordinator, and is responsible for organizing the annual DutchTrig vaccination campaign. She is also the author of the majority of Woodpecker Tree Care’s recent online content, including “Meet the Team Mondays.”
For our fourth “Meet the Team Monday,” we’re featuring Woodpecker Tree Care’s resident gardener and story-teller Norm Hunter.
Norm Hunter has probably forgotten more about gardening than most people will ever know. Woodpecker Tree Care is proud to have him on the team as our resident expert at garden design, installation, and maintenance.
This is the third in a series of seven we’re calling “Meet the Team Monday”
Rory Fraser walked onto our job site for a visit in 2014 and hasn’t left since, much to our gratitude. Since leaving his former job as an elementary school librarian in Oman, Rory has embraced the world of arboriculture with both hands.
This is the second in a series of seven we’re calling “Meet the Team Monday”
Multi-talented John Haney is beloved here at Woodpecker Tree Care for his smile, wit, and generosity (we especially appreciate how generous he is with his beautifully baked bread).
Now that we’re well into summer, you might see the friendly faces of Woodpecker staff out and about (or up a tree) with their chainsaws and hard hats. We thought that you might as well be introduced to the people hanging out of the neighbourhood trees, so we’re starting “Meet the Team Mondays!” It only makes sense to start with Kevin Anderson, the owner and operator of Woodpecker Tree Care.