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I'm Spencer King, an ex-marquee erector. This blog is designed to help those running a hire business or thinking of starting. I don't claim to know everything, I'm just trying to help people avoid the mistakes I made! Check out our event planning section for advice on planning your own marquee event. Please contact us if we can help or offer advice in any way.

Marquees and trees. A love hate relationship.

I can confirm that looking after kids is a lot harder work than putting up or selling marquees. I’ve come back to work for a rest.

What happens when the site you want to put a marquee up on has a tree in the way? Sneakily attack it with a chainsaw, erect the marquee and walk away whistling innocently? Well it really depends on the size of it what your options are. If it’s a 50 year old oak then there’s not much you can do (except the aforementioned chainsaw solution). If it’s a small tree (3m or less) then why not have it inside the marquee?

Tree inside marquee

People pay a lot of money to hire in trees and shrubs to decorate marquees, why note use what’s already in the garden? This also goes for small hedges or flower beds. They’re also ideal to put fairy lights in to.

Isn’t it a pain working round a tree? Well… yes it is. But it’s not too hard. Say you’re putting up a 6mx12m marquee and there’s a small tree 3m in from one end. The easiest way we found was to erect it as normal but leave off the last 2 bays (at the tree end) and have the roof on the frame but the excess folded back on itself out of the way. You then go up on steps and assemble the last two frames whilst it’s up in the air (there’s a knack to this that comes with practice). The advantage of this is if any branches need cutting then you can do it now and you’re only cutting back what you absolutely have to. Lastly just pull the roof over and hey presto, your 6mx12 is up complete with trees inside. If you’re putting up linings then the tree will have to be smaller (by nature of by chopping).

It is always worth having a small saw in your van just in case your measuring wasn’t quite as accurate as you thought (always remember that it’s the tree that must have grown, not your measuring that’s wrong!).

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