Southend-on-Sea, commonly referred to simply as Southend, is a town and wider unitary authority area with borough status in southeastern Essex, England. It lies on the north side of the Thames Estuary, 40 miles (64 km) east of central London. It is bordered to the north by Rochford and to the west by Castle Point. It is home to the longest leisure pier in the world, Southend Pier. London Southend Airport is located 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) north of the town centre.
Southend-on-Sea originally consisted of a few poor fishermen’s huts and farms at the southern end of the village of Prittlewell. In the 1790s, the first buildings around what was to become the High Street of Southend were completed. In the 19th century, Southend’s status of a seaside resort grew after a visit from Princess Caroline of Brunswick, and Southend Pier was constructed. From the 1960s onwards, the town declined as a holiday destination, Southend redeveloped itself as the home of the Access credit card, due to it having one of the UK’s first electronic telephone exchanges. After the 1960s, much of the town centre was developed for commerce and retail, and many original structures were lost to redevelopment. An annual seafront airshow, started in 1986 when it featured a flypast by Concorde on a passenger charter flight, used to take place each May and became one of Europe’s largest free airshows. The show has not been held since 2012 due to a lack of sponsorship and funding cuts.
Brentwood is a town in the Borough of Brentwood, in the county of Essex in the East of England. It is in the London commuter belt, 20 miles (30 km) east-north-east of Charing Cross, and near the M25 motorway. Latest figures suggest the town has a population of 79,000.
Brentwood is a suburban town with a small but expandin shopping area and high street. Beyond this are residential developments surrounded by open countryside and woodland; some of this countryside lies within only a few hundred yards of the town centre.
Brentwood has been twinned since 1978 with Roth, Germany and since 1994 with Montbazon, France It also has a relationship with Brentwood, Tennessee in the United States.
Basildon is the largest town in the borough of Basildon with a population of 107,123 in the county of Essex, England.
It lies 26 miles (42 km) east of Central London, 11 miles (18 km) south of the city of Chelmsford and 10 miles (16 km) west of Southend-on-Sea. Nearby smaller towns include Billericay to the northwest, Wickford northeast and South Benfleet to the southeast. It was created as a new town after World War II in 1948 to accommodate the London population over-spill from the conglomeration of four small villages, namely Pitsea, Laindon, Basildon (the most central of the four) and Vange.
The local government district of Basildon, which was formed in 1974 and received borough status i n 2010, encapsulates a larger area than the town itself; the two neighbouring towns of Billericay and Wickford, as well as rural villages and smaller settlements set among the surrounding countryside, fall within its borders. Basildon Town is one of the most densely populated areas in the county.
Some of Basildon’s residents work in Central London due to the town being well connected in the county to the City of London and the Docklands financial and corporate headquarters districts, with a 36–58 minute journey from the three Basildon stations to London Fenchurch Street. Basildon also has access to the City via road, on the A127, and A13.
If you run your own small business, whether you employ a few other people or you work as a sole contractor, then getting the right insurance cover in place may be vital to the future of your company. If, for example, you work as a tree surgeon, then you may be looking at what kinds of general business insurance will be right for you. You may, find that a specialist tree surgeons insurance policy could be the right choice rather than a standard business insurance policy, which may not provide all the protection you need.
As a tree surgeon you work in a very specialist field. To a lot of general business insurers this field may be seen as high risk. What does this mean for you? It’s simple. A lot of general business policies may not give you all the cover you need at the right cost. So, you may have to pay extra to get specialist sector cover. This may not be an issue with a specialist policy.
With a specialist tree surgeons insurance policy you may even be able to buy an ‘off the shelf’ policy. This means that a policy that you look at may already come with all the features and benefits that are important to you and the business you run. You may, on the other hand, find that a general business policy will ask you to add on important cover elements. If you have to add cover on then you’ll usually find that your costs will rise.
It is important to think about what you actually need from your insurance cover before you start looking at a policy to buy. You may want to look, for example, at your liability to the general public. If you are working on a tree next to a public pathway, for example, and someone gets injured then they may sue you and, you may be hit with legal and compensation costs.
As a tree surgeon you probably already know that the services you offer are specialist. You couldn’t, for example, assume that a general landscape gardener could do the job you do. Tree surgeons insurance can work in much the same way compared to general insurance. It may help you to meet your specific business needs so may well be the policy choice for your business.
From our very early school years in Essex we’re told that trees are an essential part of our ecosystem. That we should take care of them and not cut them down. But why? What do trees really do and why are they so important to our planet?
To begin, trees produce oxygen. Trees act like filters that clean our air. In one season a single tree produces as much oxygen as 10 humans will consume in an entire year. Without trees we wouldn’t have clean oxygen to breath.
In addition to producing oxygen trees also absorb the harmful gasses that live in the air such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. By lowering the air temperature trees are able to remove air pollution.
Trees also clean the soil. They filter sewage, reduce the effects of animal wastes, clean roadside spills and filter farm chemicals to either convert harmful pollutants in the soil to helpful ones, or to absorb them altogether.
In terms of our immediate interests, trees are a great way to filter out loud noises. It is proven that trees muffle noise as much as a stone wall. It’s no wonder that people who live in the countryside live such calm existences. This is a key benefit to developing green areas within urban centres.
Trees are also known for their ability to cool and shade. From a sustainable energy perspective, this might mean reducing the constraint of natural resources by planting a big tree on the outside of the sunny side of a building. Not only will this keep the people in the building cool during summer months, but it will do so while lowering the electricity bill. Of course trees also provide to shade to individuals sitting beneath them and large areas surrounded by them.
Those are the environmental benefits of trees but what about their social and communal benefits? After all trees are beautiful and therefore make life more beautiful. Lying in a hammock under a weeping willow calms us in a way that only a weeping willow can do. Watching the flowers of a magnolia tree open in the spring can’t be replaced by anything else either.
Trees that exist within the public parts of a community belong to the whole community. They are the trees that the children of that community will grow up playing on. Swinging on their branches, building forts in their crowns and reading beneath.
Trees are a critical part of our planet for a number of reasons, which is why they need to be taken care of. Love the trees that surround you and your planet will thank you for it.