“We have a flexible approach to each project, adapting our services, personnel and plan to satisfy the requirements of each job. All our teams combine safety-critical staff with experienced Arborists and Vegetation Management specialists and can work in a range of different site types.”

Graham Talbot, Head of Arboriculture & Vegetation Management

At RSS Infrastructure, we provide a range of Arboriculture and Vegetation Management services on a Contract or Project basis. We have strong working relationships with companies working in Rail, Civil Construction and Utilities.

Our vision is to provide customers with one complete solution while improving the functionality and safety of sites. We aim to minimise our impact on daily operations as much as possible.

Each Arboriculture and Vegetation Management project is tailored to the needs of the customer but there are several common elements to any project we undertake; they include:

Project Scoping

  • Conduct a site walkout
  • Establish the scope of works
  • Assess any potential ecology restraints
  • Identify the resource and forestry plant needed
  • Identify Overhead Line Equipment requirements*
  • Check the proximity of the works to open lines*
  • Assess the need for a Possession*
  • Identify site access points
  • Consider landscape constraints
  • Raise any environmental concerns
  • Assess the need for natural boundary replacement
  • Identify any traffic management needs
  • Identify exclusion zones

Project Planning

  • Plan a safe method of work
  • Prepare a Scoping document
  • Commission an Ecology Report (if required)
  • Protect any lineside ecology*
  • Follow ecological guidelines issued
  • Produce work package plans (WPP) and Task Briefing Sheets (TBS)*
  • Submit fully-costed Tender or Proposal with a timeframe

Project Delivery

  • Deploy any traffic management required to ensure public safety
  • Supply a team of NPTC qualified Arborists and safety-critical staff
  • Conduct a team briefing before each shift
  • Conduct and ecology briefing before each shift
  • Set daily objective, type of work and location details
  • Issue a site-specific brief identifying any ecological constraints, access issues, site hazards and risks
  • Confirm the method of delivery and the approved safe system of work
  • Keep the client updated on progress and quality of work via a bespoke mobile application
  • Produce daily shift reports
  • Notify client of any issues on-site
  • Clear the site on completion and provide a safe work zone

*Rail Sector project-specific requirement

Our highly-skilled workforce, specialist knowledge, state-of-the-art equipment, and professionalism means we can be trusted to deliver highly-complex projects safely, on budget and on time.

Specialist Services

The Arboriculture & Vegetation Management team can provide a wide range of specialist services, including:

  • Crown Lifting for Signal and Highway Sighting
  • Crown Reduction
  • Invasive Species Control & Management
  • IRATA Rope Access
  • Large Tree Removal
  • Management of Land Ownership
  • Removal of Vegetation
  • Sapling Supply and Planting
  • Site Clearance Works
  • Station, Depot and Car Park Vegetation Clearance and Control
  • Structural Vegetation Clearance
  • Stump Treatment and Grinding
  • Tree Felling
  • Tree Maintenance
  • Tree Management Plans
  • Tree Surveys
  • Vegetation Control & Management

Vegetation Management Plans

RSS Infrastructure work with many customers providing vegetation management services. We understand that regular maintenance and management are vital to control weeds, shrubs and other vegetation. It is essential to keep a site safe and well-kept for any users or visitors. Our highly-trained workforce has managed and controlled vegetation at numerous locations across the UK, safely and efficiently.

Contact Arboriculture and Vegetation Management

Contact us today on 0330 113 0004 to find out more about our Arboriculture and Vegetation Management services. Our experienced team, led by Graham Talbot, are always on hand to discuss your next project.

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Graham Talbot
Head of Arboriculture & Vegetation Management

Graham is Head of Arboriculture & Vegetation Management for RSS Infrastructure. Since joining in 2018, Graham, and his team, has gained an excellent reputation not only for their technical expertise but also high-quality work carried out safely and efficiently. In turn, this has led to them working directly for Network Rail, Tier 1 and Tier 2 contractors as well as Local Authorities, Civils/Construction sectors and commercial clients across the UK.

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Delivering on time and on budget

RSS Infrastructure were tasked with removing vegetation, stump removal and herbicide treatment before the RSSI Track Access team could install welfare units and three Strail Road Rail Access Points.

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“RSSI personnel who were involved with the works at Northam had to work through some of the worst weather conditions I have seen and continued to keep spirits high and had a fantastic work attitude allowing for the project to continue.”

Chris Courtenay – Signalling Supervisor (Infrastructure) for Colas Rail

“Thanks to RSSI we are on top of all movements every day with nothing outstanding. ”

Ryan Steel – Field Engineer (OLE England) at Amey

“RSSI assisted in the cable running shifts, preparation work including changeovers of the 8 x track circuits and the 10c, 27c and 4 x 48c lineside cables. Their quality of work, attitude and work ethic has been absolutely spot on. ”

Dan Palmer – Installation and Construction Engineer at Carillion Signalling

“Being able to work during the day with trains still running is fantastic for team fatigue. The use of an ATWS installed for the duration makes the job even safer and removes the need for Lookouts. Thanks to the guys from RSSI for installing and managing for us.”

Robert Woods – Senior Project Manager at Amey

“The RSSI personnel who worked on the Bilston Road Track Renewal project have been exceptional and played a major part in ensuring the works were completed on time and to budget.”

Paul Brown – Project Director for Midland Metro Alliance

“The De-Veg works that the Arboriculture team undertook was to a very high standard, the site looks 100% better and everybody my end is really happy with the service you provided. ”

Jamie Gibbons – Site Manager for S&C Alliance

“I have had a good walk along the fence line and I am very happy with the work carried out. All the over hanging trees and Limbs have been removed. Very good work. ”

Mike Gibson – Terminal Manager for Associated British Ports

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