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Pannett Park in Whitby

So we’re heading to Whitby for this particular post!
This popular seaside town has famous connections with Dracula, maritime heritage, Captain Cook and the jet industry. It’s also famous for its kippers!

Set a short distance from the beaches, Pannett Park has recently been transformed into a colourful place to visit.

Numerous gardens, incredible trees and other features help make it an attractive part of the town. Please note, dogs not permitted.

As well as the trees and foliage, there is also a Lily Pond, a kid’s play area, a floral clock and a timeline.

There is also the Pannett Park Art Gallery and Whitby Museum within the grounds, where you can see paintings by the Staithes Group of artists and lots of fishing memorabilia.

Find out more here! 



So what is coppicing?

It’s a traditional method of managing woodland. Trees are cut down to encourage new growth from the resulting stump.

If a wood has been coppiced, then it’s usually referred to as a copse.

Did you know that coppiced hardwoods are still used in traditional furniture making.

it is thought that a tree which is regularly coppiced will never die of old age.

The resulting cut branches can be used for firewood.

Coppicing is a skill that needs a trained person to do it.



Summer’s Here

Summer is just around the corner.

Spring seems to have been short-lived due to its very late arrival this year.

So now’s the time to enjoy your trees during the long evenings and sunny days.

While spring can see an explosion of growth, during the summer, a tree’s growth can slow down a bit due to lower rainfall (hopefully!).

However, did you know that next year’s buds, which contain new leaves, are usually set by mid-summer?

Have you noticed also how nice and fresh the leaves are during May and June, yet by July and August leaves can look a bit ‘tired’. This is partly due to the fact that enzymes which power photosynthesis cease to function when the heat is on.

We can help you with all your tree work during the summer months and into autumn.

Reminder of Trench Warfare in Scarborough

War poet Wilfred Owen, who was killed on 4th November 1918, stayed in Scarborough prior to his death.

He passed away just days before the Armistice, and had penned some world-changing verse that captured the brutality of trench warfare.

A new exhibition is now on at Scarborough Art Gallery: ‘They Will Not Dream Of Us Poor Lads’: Wilfred Owen in Scarborough can be viewed until 2nd September 2018.

Among other places, he stayed at the Clifton Hotel, and was also stationed at a local barracks. There is a blue plaque dedicated to Owen on the side of the hotel, which overlooks Scarborough’s North Bay.

Perhaps his best-known poem is Anthem for Doomed Youth, which opens with the following lines:

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
      — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
      Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.


This still strikes a cord today. This exhibition is well worth seeing.


What is Wrong with the Weather?

To say we’ve had a rough run with the ‘spring’ weather is an understatement.

Winter definitely had a sting in its tail … we’ve had just about every type of weather going in the last six weeks!

Being by the coast usually means the weather is different every day and there’s often micro-climates that affect very specific geographical locations.

We can’t do anything about the weather … but maybe if the weather forecasters were less dramatic, we’d feel a bit happier.

The bad weather will affect the growing season and if you work outdoors, it also affects how much work can be carried out in the open air.

However, nature usually balances things out so if the ground were you are is water-logged and you’ve got a cold wind buffeting your house, things will improve!

The Shipping Forecast

As well as having a thriving ship-building industry ‘back in the day’, the Yorkshire Coast is also synonymous with the Shipping Forecast, a favourite with landlubbers and those with sea legs alike!

The Shipping Forecast is like a lullaby to many radio listeners … so, how did it start?

‘The ships’, as the newscasters call it, has its beginnings in the Victorian era.

The very first warning service for shipping was broadcast via telegraph in 1861, introduced by Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy, who’s since had a shipping area named after him.

Today, the Shipping Forecast has a strict limit of 350 words (increased to 380 words for the 00:48hrs broadcast, the only one to include Trafalgar sea area).

And while the hypnotic words might not mean much to non-seafarers, the historic broadcast of 10th January 1993 warned of a ‘Southwest hurricane Force 12 or more’, thankfully a very rare occurrence, and one that would have been universally understood as bad news for mariners.

While we sometimes forget we’re an island race, the shipping forecast reminds us that we are island with a proud seafaring tradition.

During the opening ceremony of the iconic 2012 London Olympics, part of a shipping forecast was played to a global audience of millions, representing Britain’s maritime connections.

‘The ships’ have inspired musicians and writers for decades, including The Prodigy, Blur, Kate Bush, and others.

Numerous books, poems and even films feature this legendary aspect of British broadcasting.

And it’s a chance to let your imagination run free as the poetic place names such as Cape Wrath, Gibraltar Point and Mull of Kintyre trip off the tongue, sending you into a night’s restful repose.

There is something truly hypnotic about the Shipping Forecast. If you’ve not heard it before, then you’re missing out.

It’s highly addictive and often signals the start and the end of your day … everyday.




A Visit to Scarborough Mere

Surrounded by various trees and foliage, Scarborough Mere is a now peaceful haven for wildlife and waterfowl.

Back in the day, Scarborough Mere was a tourist attraction, including a putting green, leisure boats and a café.

Pirate ship the Hispaniola would take kids to the lake’s island to seek treasure.




scarborough mere

Back in the 1760s, the Mere, which is a natural lake, was known at Byard’s Lake.

Today, you can take a flat stroll around the edges of the Mere, cross various timber bridges and spot some interesting fauna and flora.

There is a cafe and a parking area so you can enjoy a visit to this picturesque location.


scarborough mere

Lawrence of Arabia in Yorkshire

This year marks the 130th anniversary of the birthday of T E Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia.

While he will be always associated with the deserts of the Middle East, Lawrence also spent time in Yorkshire, and was in ‘God’s own county’ a matter of weeks before his early demise in 1935.

Lawrence was born on 16th August 1888 in Tremadoc, Wales. His family later moves to Oxford, and Lawrence attended the city’s university at Jesus College.

He worked as an archaeologist and later volunteered for the British Army during World War One, during which his exploits in the Middle East became world news.

Lawrence then joined the Foreign Office, yet had a restless career which took him round the world, including to Yorkshire on a couple of occasions.

He joined the RAF in 1922. He was posted to the RAF Bridlington Marine Detachment Unit in 1932, and returned to the seaside town between November 1934 and February 1935.

His final stint in Bridlington commenced on 15th November, when he supervised the winter overhaul of ten fast launches, which included five armoured boats and five seaplane tenders. He stayed at the Ozone Hotel (now the somewhat altered Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club premises) located at the convergence of Windsor Crescent and West Street.

While Lawrence wrote prosaically about his time in Arabia, his had mixed feelings about Bridlington. His 1932 visit was during the busy summer season. A letter written on 28th November 1934 described the town as ‘a silent place, where cats and landladies’ husbands walk gently down the middles [sic] of the street. I prefer the bustle of summer …’

Perhaps the quiet atmosphere prompted Lawrence to get away from Bridlington and ride his motorcycle around Yorkshire. He visited York, Skipsea, Hull, Beverley, Goole and No Man’s Land, and it is likely he also paid visits to Whitby and Scarborough.

Yet Bridlington served Lawrence well. His desire to ‘back into the limelight’ meant he dreaded (yet sometimes appeared to relish) the publicity spotlight and for the most part, Lawrence time in the town helped him avoid the press. When word got out about Lawrence’s impending retirement from the RAF (due at the end of February 1935), he decided to say farewell to Bridlington on 26th February, with his trusty bicycle, which he rode all the way to his home, Clouds Hill in Dorset.

On Monday 13th May, Lawrence mounted his Brough Superior for the last time. On his return to Clouds Hill from nearby Bovington Camp, sometime between 11.25am and 11.45am, he encountered two pedal cyclists on a narrow stretch of road. He performed an emergency stop, which resulted in Lawrence being catapulted off his vehicle sustaining fatal injuries. He gradually deteriorated and on Sunday 19th May, he passed away at about 8.30am.

Bridlington today still remembers Lawrence: The Lawrence complex on the harbour side was built in 1993 on the site of the workshops of number 21 Air Sea Rescue Unit, near which there was a cafe Lawrence used to visit frequently; a sundial commemorates Lawrence’s connection with Bridlington. You will find it in the South Cliff Gardens, a fitting tribute perhaps, given ‘El Aurens’ spent many months under a blazing, hot sun.

Lawrence of Arabia

Spring 2018 – Where Is It?

So … the first meteorological day of spring happened to be the 1st of March. Then winter had other ideas!

We’re hopefully going to see the last of this rather long-winded cold snap and be able to focus on the new season.

Winter might well have taken its toll on your trees and hedges, though. Once the snow has melted, have a look at them and let us know if you need some work carrying out.

We’re all waiting for spring to arrive, and for that sun to shine and the air temperature get above freezing!



Works Continue in Peasholm Park, Scarborough

Scarborough’s Peasholm Park is undergoing a bit of a facelift.

The old timber boatneck is no more and the Buttercup Kiosk has been dismantled.

Peasholm Park and the Glen are home to some rare trees and also to the world famous naval warfare.

While it’s a shame to see the old buildings disappear, we’re looking forward to seeing how it all looks ready for the summer season!

News and Updates

A commonly asked question is…

“How can I find a trusted Tree Surgeon?”

If you have a tree that requires attention and wish to engage a tree surgeon, we would advise asking friends and family to see if anyone has had any work carried out  recently and enquire if the work was satisfactory. 

Much of our work is from repeat clients and through customer recommendation.

However, other points to note are: 

  • A large advert does not mean a better service.
  • Request and compare local companies for relative quotes.
  • Ensure your tree surgeon has full Public Liability Insurance.
  • Ask to see previous work. A good tree surgeon will be happy to provide details.

Remember the contractor will only be on your property for a short time; you will need to check your trees every day.

Get In Touch

Simon Hill Tree Surgeon offers commercial and domestic tree care reports and free of charge impartial advice. We welcome all enquiries by telephone, email or using the form opposite.

Tel: 07866 369 988



Simon Hill Tree Surgeon

Leighton Close, Crossgates

Scarborough, North Yorkshire

YO12 4LA