Serving the Community
CSG (Usher’s) takes its commitment to the local community very seriously. At every
opportunity, we try to recruit staff locally. As the company has developed, our
geographic area has increased, but we remain loyal to our base.
From time to time, we encounter local customers who have urgent tree-work which they can ill-afford. The company has helped out in these cases in order to get the job done.
CSG (Usher’s) is proud to be running its apprenticeship scheme for the fifth year.
We got involved with the Apprenticeship Scheme in its infancy, and developed a close working relationship with Capel Manor College in Enfield. At that time, it only ran one course per year, but was keen to expand.
We joined Capel’s Employers’ Forum, which was used as a communications tool to support and develop the arboriculture apprenticeship scheme. It became key to the course format and delivery.
The scheme is a major success story within the college, and CSG (Usher’s) sponsors the annual ‘Most Improved Apprentice Award.’
The company has always seen the benefits of bringing young people into the industry, and this is now paying dividends in terms of long-term investment. Several key employees, including team leaders and climbers, joined us as apprentices.
CSG (Usher’s) adheres to a comprehensive environmental policy and encourages a zero waste culture.
All arisings generated from the tree work operations are re-used as a biomass fuel product, which is a completely renewable resource. We have a close working relationship with Stobart Biomass, who transport a large proportion of our product to Thetford Power Station for processing.
Rod Usher is excited about the possibilities of biomass material and feels that there is a bright future for using this material to a far greater degree.
We are continually investing in the latest plant and equipment. Fuel usage and economy is a major factor which determines all plant and vehicular purchasing. This strategy, combined with our strict maintenance schedule, ensures all equipment is running to its optimum potential. We also look closely at the type and compatibility of all oils used within our maintenance programme.
The company has come a long way in terms of environmental performance. To minimise fuel costs and usage, we now allocate each vehicle according to its performance and economy.
All members of staff are trained to identify and assess environmental considerations. We have generated an ecology calendar to prioritise and assist species identification at different times of the year.
Staff have also been sent on recognised bat training courses, to enable them to identify potential habitats prior to work commencement.
Our tree planting programmes are something that we are proud of. In recent years, this market has grown considerably. We offer a young tree maintenance service which includes a watering programme. Aftercare is essential on all recently planted trees to allow each to establish itself.
We recommend that clients replace trees following any dismantling operations.
All wood chip that is generated does not go to landfill. It is re-used as biomass fuels!