Simon Hill Tree Surgeon

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Changing Colours

The time of year when the trees change colour and the leaves start to fall.

We’ve had some very wet weather and the ground is still quite damp. The trees are gradually shedding their summer coats and starting to put on their autumn ones.

Shades of Autumn

This is probably the best time of year for tree fans as the leaves fall to the ground and they can be identified more easily.

This is also the time of year to check your branches to see if anything needs attention before the winter gales.

We never know what winter might have in store for us so it’s best to check your trees before the clocks go back.

Reflecting on Trees

With Yorkshire having a varied landscape, including beaches, forests, moors and lakes, there is also a huge variety of trees to suit each location.

Trees near North Bay, Scarborough

The Yorkshire Coast has a variety of public parks and spaces in which the trees are one of the main attractions.

Take the Open Air Theatre, for example.

This venue is host to superstars of the music industry in the summer. During the rest of the year, while events are held there, the trees seem to come into their own.

They surround the boating lake and offer a haven for wildlife, flora and fauna.

The area is also great for gathering ones’ thought and chilling out for a few moments.

Trees Near the Sea

These trees are seconds from the seaside

Our countryside is one of many contrasts and perhaps one of the most surprising ones is when trees grow just seconds from sandy beaches!

The image above is taken in Scarborough Old Town and just beyond the end of the cobbles lies the town’s historic harbour.

The salty air, the cool winds and the dusty sand would might be seen to put off the very thoughts of planting a tree.

However, these little group of trees are doing fine and have the shelter of surrounding buildings along with a sun trap to help them grow.

Just behind these trees is a set of step and a downward slope to the sea so there will also be a steady flow of water when the heavens open.

So why not keep a look out for similar little hidden treasures. There’ll be others near you!

A change of season

Still some greenery on the trees

So the summer is behind us and the autumn is here.

Colder nights, darker evening and the leaves change colour.

Yet some of trees in public spaces are keeping their green ‘coat’ for a little bit longer!

Here on the Yorkshire Coast, there are a number of lovely green areas with superb trees that are just starting to show the signs of autumn.

However, let’s enjoy the green leaves and lush grass while we can!

Twisted Trees

Each tree is unique, a bit us Human Beings!

No two trees are the same.

And then each species is also different from the next. Bark, branches, twigs, leaves and roots have different textures and shapes.

Twisted tree in Peasholm Glen

Some are tall, some are small and some are twisted out of shape.

As tree surgeons, we are aware that each tree is different, even if they are of the same species.

Tree along the Cinder Track

Trees can also live for a very long time and even form focal points of a walk or park.

How many times as a kids did you have a favourite horse chestnut or oak?

Keep your eyes open next time you’re out on a walk … and choose your favourite tree!

A summer with a difference

Few of us can question the strange summer we’ve had in 2019!

Sweltering temperatures, monsoon-like downpours, strong winds … what a difference to 2018’s sunny conditions.

With the trees in full leaf at the moment, any rain and wind combination can mean cause damage, including falling branches.

Summer skies and branches in full leaf

The dark summer shades on the leaves will soon be turning into autumnal shades heralding the change of season.

It’s then time to think about how to prepare your trees for winter.

Trees need year round care

We can help with your tree requirements so why not contact us before we get busy for the autumn?

Trees that stand alone

While many trees cluster together and some are part of a large wood or huge forest, some trees simply like their own space.

When we see such a tree, we might wonder how it got there and why it is on its own.

These trees seem to hold their own in the landscape and often become landmarks for walkers, runners or cyclists.

These trees are also usually of a lovely shape for their species and are easy to identify.

We found this one close to Crossgates, near Scarborough. It was a lovely day when we took the photo too, as indicated by the blue skies behind it!

Cool timber

As the heat builds in the summer season, there’s nothing better than seeking the shade of trees.

These lovely trunks and branches can be found in Dean Road Cemetery in Scarborough.

A peaceful place where lots of folks are laid to rest, the trees stand tall above the gravestones, and each headstone tells a tale.

Many of the trees in this tranquil resting place are decades old and they are in their full green colours as the summer continues.

The cemetery borders the Manor Road section and the Peasholm Tree Trail.

Woods on our Doorstop

With the summer season now underway, there’s something about the coolness of woodland that is even more attractive!

The Scarborough has many wooded areas including Peasholm, Forge Valley and Jacob’s Ladder.

There is another area of woodland that is worth a visit and that is Raincliffe Woods on the outskirts of the town.

Raincliffe Woods

These woods have open access so can be enjoyed by everyone providing each visitor is careful.

There are some rules and regulations which everyone is expected to follow.

Follow the rules, please!

Raincliffe along with Row Brow and Forge Valley also have regular thinning work so the ecosystem can thrive.

Thinning woods

So if you go down to the woods today, enjoy them and help protect them for the future.

Trees of Note

If you are heading out and about in Scarborough (between the rain showers!) then you’ll be pleased to know you can enjoy some tree-mendous tree spotting while out for a walk!

Peasholm Park’s Treasure Trove of Trees, which also takes you along Peasholm Glen, is a great place to enjoy some fantastic examples of rare specimens and the late spring and early summer allows you to identify trees more easily as they are in full leaf.

Treasure Trove of Trees in Peasholm Park

It is over 100 years since Peasholm Park first opened for everyone to enjoy. The rare trees which have been planted over the decades form the tree trail and there is an information board in the park to help you become a tree expert. Now is a great time of year to put our tree detective skills to the test as their leaves are now in summer ‘mode’ and are easily identifiable.

Manor Road Cemetery

At the top end of the Tree Trail you’ll discover Manor Road Cemetery which is a tree lover’s dream with immense beech, oak and horse chestnuts forming cool, green avenues amid the peaceful gravestones.

Stone cross inspired by nature

As well as the natural phenomenon of the trees which grow successfully, nature has clearly inspired stonemasons to produce some beautiful stonework.

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