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24 Dec

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2019!

Von Gary Blackburn

Together with my family and along with the whole team we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, good luck, health and success for the coming year. May all your wishes come true und may 2019 be a good year. See you soon in 2019!

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23 Sep

Only six months to Brexit / Can Gary Blackburn save his “Little Britain”?

Von Gary Blackburn

Dear friends of “Little Britain”,

the recent media response in the English-speaking world has been tremendous with coverage from the BBC, British Forces BFBS and even RT UK.

As many of you will already know my little collection of Cornish telephone boxs, double decker busses, Robin

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10 Sep

“Little Britain” shut down for now to be back soon

Von Gary Blackburn

Dear friends and supporters of ”Little Britain“

please let me try to summarize what has been going on during the last weeks.

“Little Britain“ has enjoyed tremendous support from all sides. Neighbors, that I had no personal contact to before, came by assuring me of their support.

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23 Aug

Neighbors and visitors demanding for „Little Britain“ to remain

Von Gary Blackburn

Just a few days ago I returned from Scotland from my holidays – while my sons, the teams and the office were on duty for our customers – and I am still overwhelmed how much support there is for “Little Britain“ from nearly all sides.

I appreciate this even more since this includes neighbors I haven’t even met in person before.

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07 May

The Daily Star about our newest attraction at Little Britain (at Baumdienst Siebengebirge)

Von Gary Blackburn

The Daily Star wrote about our newest attraction at Baumdienst Siebengebirge’s Little Britain.

Yes, I did it again ;-)

We now have two beautiful Double Decker Busses which will also be available for rent for company events and birthday parties!

 

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06 Mar

DMAX and Deutsche Welle cover "Little Britain" and the Centurion tank

Von Gary Blackburn

The winter has returned and covered „Little Britain“ with snow. Despite freezing temperatures  our little exhibition proves to be as attractive as before. Especially during weekends lots of walkers come by to visit on their way through the Kasbachtal (Kasbachvalley). And the media are continuing their coverage on “Little Britain” as well. I would never have dreamt to eventually become part of

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29 Dec

Our family visit to the Somme in search of my grand-uncle who died 100 years ago

Von Gary Blackburn

At the end of the year we look back and remember those moments and encounters that were most special to us. I hope 2017 has been a good year for you as well. It truly has been a great year for me and my family. You might have heard of “Little Britain” at my company ground of “Baumdienst Siebengebirge”?

“Little Britain” is the place of Robin Hood’s hideaway, Mr. Bean’s Mini, the Queen

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04 Oct

Gary Blackburn and family joining a seminar with Prof. Dr. Claus Mattheck in the Lüneburger Heide

Von Gary Blackburn

It has been a family tradition for very many years to pay a visit to the Lüneburger Heide in the north of Germany and join a seminar lead and inspired by Prof. Dr. Claus Mattheck. Every year we gain new insights into the bio mechanics of trees and so much more.

I had the pleasure getting to know Prof. Mattheck already in the eighties, when we were working on pruning and securing trees

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09 Sep

One of Great Britains most regarded journalists came by to visit Gary Blackburn’s “Little Britain”

Von Gary Blackburn

When Robert Hardman called me on the phone I first thought this was some kind of hoax - as I am not part of the royal family. At least my parents never told me ;-). So therefore why would Daily Mail columnist Robert Hardman ask for an appointment to come by to do an article on “Little Britain”?

Well, Robert arrived from London right the next day and we sat down together with my wife

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05 Sep

Gary Blackburn's Little Britain goes international

Von Gary Blackburn

Our "Little Britain" story at Baumdienst Siebengebirge has not only been covered by British tabloid press giants like The Sun but also many mainstream international news agencies and news networks.

Read the articles (or watch the videos) by clicking the links.

The Sun

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22 Aug

The General Anzeiger Bonn reports in English about "Little Britain's" latest aquisition

Von Gary Blackburn

The German media has been in a frenzy over the past few weeks, reporting of our latest acquisition to "Little Britain". The story has now crossed the language gap back to English as the General Anzeiger Bonn began reporting the story to all it's English speaking readers.

You can read their article here:

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13 Aug

Germany’s most popular media cover „Little Britain“ at Baumdienst Siebengebirge

Von Gary Blackburn

After the German Press Agency (dpa) had discovered our „Little Britain“ as a fabulous topic for the weekend my telephone didn’t stand still any more.

Some of Germany’s most popular media picked up the story and covered our „Little Britain“ at Baumdienst Siebengebirge. Like "

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10 Aug

TV, Press & Radio cover "Little Britain" at Baumdienst Siebengebirge

Von Gary Blackburn

Our „Little Britain“ including the Queen, Robin Hood's Hideaway; Mr. Bean's Mini and the Centurion-tank all covered with flowers is being widely covered by German TV and radio.

I very much enjoy this as well as countless visitors of Baumdienst Siebengebirge and wanderers through our beautiful Kasbach-valley have enjoyed our little exhibition.

You will find the latest TV reports

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29 May

The Tree of Imagination - an alternative to tree stump removal

Von Gary Blackburn

After the majestic oak tree in the heart of the village suddenly died, the people of Lower Peover decided to pay homage to the trees contribution towards the village by giving it a new purpose - to inspire the thoughts of children and all those still young at heart.

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26 May

A 320 million year old tree receives a visit from Baumdienst Siebengebirge

Von Gary Blackburn

At Baumdienst Siebengebirge we love veteran trees, a passion that has led us to become the regions leading specialist for veteran tree care. When I was recently near Stanhope in the United Kingdom with my family, a visit to the Stanhope churchyard could not be resisted. For there stands the fossilised remains of

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13 May

TV Show DMAX: 52 tons of a childhood's memory on their way to Baumdienst Siebengebirge

Von Gary Blackburn

Do you enjoy standing in front of a camera? I rather prefer working up 30 meters high in a tree than talking into a microphone. But when the German TV Station DMAX asked for permission to accompany me when my 52 ton childhood dream would be brought to my home at Baumdienst Siebengebirge I just could not say no.

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11 Apr

A new permanent visitor to the Queen! Mr. Bean as guest at Baumdienst Siebengebirge!

Von Gary Blackburn

Exciting news: Together with my sons William and Kevin I have been to England for a few days to meet somebody, who will soon be joining Her Majesties inner circle. Welcome Mr. Bean!

 

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23 Jan

Being guest on the Isle of Skye as a young tree worker

Von Gary Blackburn

A year ago today my son Luke returned from Scotland. My friend and highly regarded Scottish colleague Alasdair Mackay had invited Luke to visit him at the Isle of Skye to work together with his tree surgeons team. The Isle of Skye is the largest of the islands in the Inner Hebrides and one of the most beautiful landscapes worldwide.

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15 Jan

The snow turned Baumdienst Siebengebirge's site into a winter's dream

Von Gary Blackburn

We have had snow for only a few days. But this was enough to turn Robin Hood's Hideaway & associates into a winter's dream. And I am privileged to be allowed to let you know: The Queen is amused :)

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01 Jan

Welcome to 2017!

Von Gary Blackburn

The clock seems to turn faster every year. Now my sons Kevin and Alexander are about the same age that I was in when I founded the Westerwälder Baumdienst back in the eighties. Thanks to our customer's loyalty the success of the Westerwälder Baumdienst laid the foundation of Baumdienst Siebengebirge covering an ever larger region across the Rhine valley area and beyond. Today Kevin and