Morning All There are some great big Common Poplars in my back garden. When I say some, I really mean 3. They are about 60 feet tall, but grow at 7 feet per year! Three years ago I had them taken from 70 ft down to 40 ft, c/o a local company, which in cutting down the branches (which were up to 25 ft long, maybe 6 inches thick at the thick end), they let these branches fall unhindered through the air, to destroy any living thing beneath them - mainly some bushes, shrubs, and a couple of apple trees. All for the cost of some thing the other side of £550! (Although not that bad - given that five blokes put in some decent graft for 5 hours). I'm wondering whether it is something that I should even consider! I'm about to be unemployed (pretty much), so time is not that huge a factor - although at the same time don't want to plough a full working week into it - I'm more thinking about the combination of saving money, and getting the job done without undue devastation of the rest of the garden. Is there such a thing as a chainsaw safety course, which might be worthwhile?? Or is this crazy??!!