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Hi there.
having lived 22 years in London UK, I am now back in France.
In the UK, I became a professional Tree Surgeon, specialist of plant identification, plant history, tree law, protection of the environment, pest and diseases, fungi, etc... I also ran my own Tree Surgery business in London for 15 years.
I'd like to make use of my past experience and come to you all, now, to ask the following question:
Do you think there is a market in France for a tree specialist, bilingual French-English, to be an advisor/middle-man to help manage tree populations on private land owned by English speaking people?
In other words, if one finds himself/herself having to manage (risk assessment, pruning, felling, etc..) trees on a French land, and one does not want to be 'at the mercy' of possibly unprofessional tree surgeons (Elageurs in France), would one like to know it is possible to rely on the honest, professional and reliable advice of someone like me?
I'd love to exchange with (keen) land owners on this topic.
Bertrand
 

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Hello Tranber!

I originate from the British HSWA 1974 culture and risk assessment runs in my blood. However, after several years in France, I now view the regulations as guidelines! Financial constraints also lead me to be creative; I have 20 hectares and hundreds of unruly trees that need attention; last week I was hoisted up in a digger bucket with my loppers to deal with the branches overhanging the phone cables!

I am deep in rural France and everyone has a chainsaw (and/or a gun); the neighbours love to arrive on mass to saw up a fallen tree for me, its a real social event!

This would not be the area for you (plus I'm the only expat for miles), but I could imagine that your services would be welcome in more affluent, expat hotspots, where the Brits and Dutch prefer to deal with artisans from their own homeland, or at least, in a language that they clearly understand.

I wish you well with your venture,
Gypsycob x
 

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Thank you Gypsycob.

The thought of a British gentleman in a digger bucket above the phone cables...! Or of a dreadlocked tree-hugger for that matter... (I was very involved in the battles against the Newbury bypass, so no bad vibes).
Yes, you're right, if I lived on the Côte d'Azur, I'd have it much easier.
But you do confirm this feeling I have: "...where the Brits and Dutch prefer to deal with artisans from their own homeland, or at least, in a language that they clearly understand." Having dealt with Brits, Yanks, Dutch, Japs, and many more nationalities in London during 22 years, I know how much more comfortable people feel when the "guy in charge" is completely fluent in English.

Good luck to me then.
And don't forget to "offrir un coup" to all those keen neighbours of yours when they turn-up with their chainsaws (or guns).
Tranber
 

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Sorry, folks, but this thread was skating on the edge of advertising as it was. Yes, once both parties involved have their 5 legitimate posts, you can exchange coordinates via PM.
Cheers,
Bev
 
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