Appeal for former soldier left paralysed after falling from tree in Long Eaton

Dave Coupe served for 27 years in the Royal Anglian Regiment

An ex-sergeant major who served with the British Army for 27 years has been left paralysed after falling 30ft from a tree he was cutting down in Long Eaton.

Dave Coupe was rushed to Queen’s Medical Centre where it was confirmed that he had broken his spine, severed his spinal cord, broken six ribs, suffered a bleed on the brain and a collapsed lung. The 50-year-old father-of-two from Breaston, must now lie flat for two weeks and doctors do not know if he will ever walk again, according to Derbyshire Live.

Dave Coupe with his wife, Katherine
Dave Coupe with his wife, Katherine

His wife Katherine Coupe, 49, said that her husband spent 27 years serving in the Royal Anglian Regiment with the British Army. He  had previously toured Afghanistan and Northern Ireland as part of his lengthy military career, before running his own tree surgery business for over 8 years.

His family have begun to raise funds for their home to make sure it is adapted for when he is finally released. To support Mr and Mrs Coupe and their family visit

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APF 2018

Some pictures from last time!
Some pictures from last time!

The APF is by far the largest arboricultural event of the year so, of course, FR Jones and Son are there with bells on!

Taking place on the 20th, 21st and 22nd September 2018 at Ragley Estate, Warwickshire, this year's show promises to be every bit as full-on as we've come to expect, with around 320 exhibitors and 23,000 visitors expected over the course of the weekend

Our team have been hard at work setting up our stand at the APF and, as usual, we are adhering to our mantra of “go big or go home”, with over 400 square metres of stand, packed to the rafters with chainsaws, harnesses, karabiners, helmets, gloves, protective clothing and much, much more.

Watch the setup in action:

We will have product demonstrations, brand representatives, a try-before-you-buy technical area and bargains galore. Don’t miss your chance to join in, learn something new and grab a great deal – come and see us at stands D1/2/3!

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Shiny new website

You may have noticed something different about us recently… No, we haven’t had a haircut, we’ve got a shiny new website!


We hope you’ll like all its new features, including live stock availability, an improved search function and completely re-vamped mobile version. As with all new things, it may take a little getting used to – we have had to move things around a bit to fit in with the new system, so you may need to update any saved bookmarks etc.

Our poor, sleep-deprived, web developer has tried their very hardest to ensure everything is working as it should, but if you happen to notice something not quite right over the next few weeks, please let us know so we can sort it out.

We hope you enjoy your new online experience with us!
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Exciting changes at FR Jones and Son!

We are very pleased to announce a series of significant changes to the company, which we are confident will bring benefits to customers and suppliers alike – we hope you’ll agree!

New building

New building

In response to the continued growth of the business and taking advantage of new investment capital, we have taken the opportunity to secure significantly larger new premises. We will remain in Sydenham, South East London, but will be moving just down the road to a new, higher-profile, development less than a mile from our current location.

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FR Jones and Son nominated for Service Dealer Award!

Service Dealer - Dealer of the Year nomineeWe are very pleased to announce that we have been nominated for the 2016 Service Dealer Awards!

In order to review the nominees, this year Service Dealer are asking for customer feedback to help with the judging criteria. Therefore, we would really appreciate it if you could take the time to provide some feedback regarding our nomination:
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Sawpod team to provide tree climbing training to Sumatran Orangutan Society

Sumatran Orangutan SocietySawpod

Sawpod have long been enthusiastic supporters of the Sumatran Orangutan Society, but now they are to provide hands-on assistance, forming part of a team travelling to Sumatra to help train the rescue teams there in tree climbing. They will use their unique skills to train the rescue teams on proper use of the tree climbing kit and help retrieve sedated Orangutans safely from the trees.

Why not help the team effort by donating through their Just Giving page:

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LOLER inspectors

LOLER inspectors Due to increasing demand for the service, we are now putting a third member of the team through the training to become a qualified LOLER inspector. Our LOLER inspection service has been very popular since we launched it 4 years ago, both with local customers and those from further afield using our courier pick-up and return service. Continue reading “LOLER inspectors”

Night shift

Night shift After a successful 3-week trial, we are very happy to announce that we will now be running a permanent, fully-staffed, night shift in order to process, pick and pack your orders even more efficiently than before. Continue reading “Night shift”

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