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The new self-driving chipper of Baumdienst Siebengebirge
16 May

Getting three days of work done in just one day

Von Gary Blackburn

Buy cheap, buy twice… I am sure that we all have learnt at some time that a 
supposedly cheap bargain later turned out to be a rather bad and costly decision. 

When we purchase new equipment for Baumdienst Siebengebirge, we look for a true advantage for our customers and the work of our teams: to do the work in less time, to better protect the environment und to optimize cost…

Professional crown reduction before and after
16 Apr

Nature returns

Von Gary Blackburn

Do you also have the impression that the birds sing louder and even more beautiful in these days? The sky is just blue without any vapor trails and instead of roaring traffic on the freeway you hear the sounds nature. Walking though the woods you sense the life of animals and plants much more intensive than before.

Sadly, this also includes the many trees that have not survived the…

Soil compression damages the roots
15 Mar

The trees need our support – also during the Corona crisis

Von Gary Blackburn

Everybody would have wished the first quarter of 2020 to be different than it developed. First it was the impact of the heavy storms devasting our forests even more. Now it is the Corona virus dominating our daily life and news like no other topic.

This is right and equally important because we know of the danger of an infections with the Corona virus especially for elderly people.…

Storm front “Sabine“ hit our area  – and damaged many trees
19 Feb

Storm front “Sabine“ hit our area – and left great chaos

Von Gary Blackburn

We cannot prevent heavy storms and hurricanes from hitting our parks and gardens – but most often the heavy damage could have been prevented. Because there is a proven and very cost saving method to evaluate the stability of a tree: to have the tree being checked by a professional expert – ideally before the storm.

The importance…

picture Bye, bye Great Britain – Welcome Little Britain!
04 Feb

Bye, Bye Great Britain – Welcome Little Britain!

Von Gary Blackburn


“Get Brexit done!” said those supporting leaving the EU until recently. Since the weekend this has been achieved. But nothing more – and probably soon also the leave-supporters among my fellow countrymen will realize, that this is not the future that we can wish for our children.

My daughters had planned to study in England. As we have heard the price for a semester abroad (seen…

24 Jan

New short video of our work

Von Gary Blackburn A short version of this video is being broadcasted by German television n-tv.  I hope you enjoy the video!
My family and I wish you a merry Christmas, a wonderful Christmas time and that all your wishes for 2020 may come true!
23 Dec

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020!

Von Gary Blackburn

It is hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner – even though there seems to be no snow in sight. My family and I wish you a merry Christmas, a wonderful Christmas time and that all your wishes for 2020 may come true!

The climate change and its consequences were a major topic in the media this year and many of our customers have requested our advice. Everybody able to…

Forest status report 2019: Only 1 tree out of 5 is healthy – How you can help your trees to survive
19 Dec

Forest status report 2019: Only 1 tree out of 5 is healthy – How you can help your trees to survive

Von Gary Blackburn The last blog was about the miserable state German forests are in and the damage caused by enduring periods of summer heat and heavy storms. The secretary of environment of North Rhine Westphalia just released the official forest status report and describes the situation as follows: Compared to the already bad year before the situation has even got worse in 2019. Only 1 tree out of 5 is healthy…
Nearly all tress are down. This used to be a forest.
18 Dec

Are all forests doomed to die?

Von Gary Blackburn I have always loved taking long walks through the woods – to find some relief from stress enjoying the beauty of nature. As a young man I was very lucky to be educated in Sherwood Forest and I probably have worked on some trees which were already there when Robin Hood was still around. Sherwood Forest benefits very much from the fact that this forest has not been exploited by the wood industry…
Kevin Blackburn of Baumdienst Siebengebirge wins first price at the "Oltimer Classic Show" in Aegidienberg 2019
25 Aug

“The smallest car receives the biggest price”

Von Gary Blackburn While I was enjoying sunny summer holidays in Italy together with my family my sons Kevin, Alex and Luke Blackburn were busy back home visiting customers and working on trees leading our teams. It seems that my sons have not only inherited my passion for tree care and climbing. They enjoy our little collection of British classic vehicles just as much as I do. It was great fun and a great joy…