Well, another two really, as these two silver birches were felled a couple of weeks ago by Tom, Tom, the Lumberjack’s son, our friendly young tree surgeon, the Golfer having erred on the side of caution and decided he was not comfortable tackling such flexible trees, and a bite-your hand-off price sealed the deal.
When we bought the property in 1996 there was a mature holly and hawthorn hedge, a couple of apple trees, a variegated holly and two or three self-seeded hazels; all the other trees we have planted ourselves, including the trees in the woodland and the mid-hedge that dissects the woodland edge border, including this group of three silver birch, one of which never thrived and was removed earlier. They were planted around 2005, as shown in the deceptive photo below, where the only thing that hasn’t changed is the ‘bus shelter’:
Over the years we have removed a number of the trees, particularly the self-seeded hazels, but also some of the trees we have planted ourselves, mainly because they have grown too tall for their position and have been casting too much shade in the garden, adding to the extensive shade from our neighbour’s beech tree. I don’t have any environmental qualms about their removal, as by transforming a largely empty space into the garden we have now we will have made a hugely positive impact in other ways.
So, juggling last-minute Covid booster jab appointments and Grannie duties with the last minute availability of Tom Tom the limberjack’s son, the two birches were quickly dispensed with, against the most glorious blue sky.
As requested, the ‘stumps’ were left at above-average head height, giving me the opportunity of creating some sort of art installation, as yet unidentified. Losing the vertical impact of the birches is a bit of a shame, I suppose, but they were getting to the point where their height and exposed position put them at increased risk of wind damage to themselves and the garden.
As usual I am joining in with Jon the Propagator’s Six on Saturday meme, so the tree felling photos are my six for today – have a look at Jon’s blog for other sixes.