At the sharp end: South Norfolk tree surgeons are among the best in the UK

Kristian Garnham, left, and his father Alan, of Waveney Tree Specialists, competed in the UK Logging Championships in...

Kristian Garnham, left, and his father Alan, of Waveney Tree Specialists, competed in the UK Logging Championships in North Wales. - Credit: Archant

A father-and-son team proved they can cut it with the best after being named among the top 10 tree surgeons in the UK.

Alan Garnham and his son, Kristian, of Waveney Tree Specialists in Hoxne, competed in the UK Logging Championships in North Wales.

The competition tests the skills of the tree surgeon and is based on accuracy, precision and speed, with measurements made in millimetres and timed to a hundredth of a second.

Kristian Garnham, 27, took the title in the individual event for changing the bar and chain on a chainsaw, completing the swap in 12.10 seconds.

Overall, after other events including felling a tree, precision cutting of a log, speed cutting of timber and removing branches from a fallen tree, he and his father, 62, came eighth and ninth in the country, respectively.


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The top three will represent the UK in the World Championships next year.

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