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14 Aug

Thunderstorm & Damage: The Insurance is going to pay anyhow?

Von Gary Blackburn

The thunderstorm of last week had badly hit our region. So much rain came down in the shortest time that fire workers were busy pumping flooded basements all during the night. And of course, the weather was an extreme stress test for the stability and breaking resistance of trees. 

In extreme and scary situations like this garden owners asked themselves if their trees are really safe

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20 Jul

The Douglas Tree – Friend or Enemy?

Von Gary Blackburn

Friends of our family recently joined a tour through the woods nearby guided by the local forester. Our friends told me how well and interesting the forester explained the connections and relations between the spruce monoculture, the climate change, the bark beetle and the devastating situation that we encounter today across huge areas. 

Instead of trees all we see is wasteland with

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17 Jun

How to help your beloved tree to survive summer

Von Gary Blackburn

The weather experts have alarming news: the summer of 2020 will be extreme again! Weakened by the enduring heat periods and drought of recent years many trees will not be able to survive – if we do not actively support them.

Especially spruce trees are in danger. But nowadays deciduous trees are affected just as well. My sons and I detect severe signs of disease among deciduous trees

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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!
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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 Hood and his hide away, Merlin, the Queen and Mr. Bean and his Mini on my private ground next to my company “
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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. People on the internet - and in “real life“ -  started petitions pro "Little Britain“ and collected all together
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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. People from the region further away are also among those supporters.
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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 a
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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 is there, a
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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 in the “
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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 Monika and
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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 "Bild am Sonntag":
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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 here: 
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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 a
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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. The reason is that the Centurion tank (of Swiss army origin) was to become the new
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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!   Mr. Bean zu Gast beim Baumdienst Siebengebirge! From Sunday
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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 :) Baumdienst Siebengebirge als Winterlandschaft
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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 Alexander