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Monday, 19 November 2018

A little bit of tree work

Four large silver birch.   Badly treated and abused by previous owners and tree butchers masquerading as arborealists.  We feared they would die of shock ten years ago but now their time really had come, they were adding nothing horticulturally and all had dead limbs and rot in the central trunk.  Best to take them down on our terms than have them blow over.







Thin limbs have been salvaged where possible (but I don't have a good photo of the pile) and will be used to re-edge the beds in the Coppice.  Anything left over can go on the wood pile.











Messy brush was shredded and by the end of the day just over half of the area by the Big Pond was covered.







Simon and James went to great trouble to bring down a couple of lengths of trunk much larger than normal - I want to use them as 'edging' for a new bed next to the Coppice and I know it took them three times as long to rope up than it would have done to just chop and drop.  Bless 'em.





In typical Bag End fashion, this was not a day to be completely without incident.  It was much colder than it looked and I had three strong chaps here telling me to "sit down, relax, just take photographs", which meant I got cold.  Really really cold,  thoroughly chilled to feeling almost hypothermic at one stage cold.  But the ever changing light made for some interesting photos:





Management had his own incident.  Probably best you watch than I try to explain.  Firstly, this is how things should work:  (these need to be watched full screen)



But not everything always goes to plan at Bag End:


Thankfully there was no damage done, he's soaking in a deep, hot bath right now and laughs every time he watches the clip, I suspect there will be Ibuprofen later.

James had his own moment of deep unpleasantness;  many of the upper branches had deep rotted fissures and as one limb swung down it unexpectedly disgorged the contents of such a hole.  The contents being water, rotted tree and leaves, a couple of worms and {probably} a whole load of bird shit.  The poor lad was talking at the time and had his mouth open . . . oh yes, it really was as bad as it sounds and for the next couple of hours we all expected him to double over and throw up everywhere.  No surprises he said it tasted absolutely foul.  Definitely above and beyond the call of duty.

[ we've just realised if you look again at the first video (Tree Work  22) - at the moment the limb swings to the right you can actually see the spray of sludge heading towards him - yuk! ]

The fourth and final victim was next to the Top Pond.  I took Daisy for another of the many walks she's had today and the job was nearly finished when I returned.










Fabulous amount of timber to be put away for a future winter, and far too many photos and video for one day, might publish a few more later in the week (or they might join the other couple of thousand sitting in a 'one day which never comes' folder  ðŸ˜).








8 comments:

  1. Hope they kept their size 11's off your garden, I love silver birches.

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    1. Collateral damage was virtually nil, which is a result! We too love silver birch, unfortunately these were just too damaged.

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  2. Sorry but I laughed, I couldn't help it :) That's just the sort of daft thing that would happen to me though. I hope the hot bath and Ibuprofen have helped Management to recover from the experience :)

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    1. M. laughed a lot as well. I'm afraid I am the miserable one who could just see what "might have been". Daft thing was, even though I was filming it I didn't see what happened - I couldn't watch the camera screen because of reflected light, and I was looking at the tree trunk . . . took me a while to realise what had happened :)

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  3. Just on catchup (once again), and glad you got in some more gardening time before the weather really turns. Trees that are past their best do need to come down before there is an incident & our council have been replacing quite a lot street trees lately, due to age. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan. You know I hate having to fell any tree, but now the hedges will (hopefully) grow more vigorously with less competition.

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  4. I don't envy those tree surgeons their jobs. I'm sorry but M's mishap made me laugh too and I hope he's not feeling too sore today.

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    1. Hi Eileen. Remarkably he is pretty much without damage today. I ~do~ envy the tree surgeons, I did wonder if Simon would let me borrow his harness and have a go on the ropes but there wasn't time . . .

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