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I've been asked to look at this Ash with regards to it's safety. It's on a public footpath and the bank that it is on has been eroded away leaving the roots exposed. It has obviously been happening over a long period of time and the tree has put out roots to compensate. In the second picture there is a large root that reaches from the Ash tree to the tree in the foreground. I think it might be worth airing on the side of caution and have it down but what are other peoples thoughts as to whether it should be felled or not? 

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That looks well adapted. One consideration is that wood is stronger under tension, so there's less risk of the roots to the back of the tree shearing and failing. 

 

I think felling it is unnecessary, based on thise photos.

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Seen a few of those . Most are pretty safe . Had big blow and they are still there .

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I've been asked to look at this Ash with regards to it's safety. It's on a public footpath and the bank that it is on has been eroded away leaving the roots exposed. It has obviously been happening over a long period of time and the tree has put out roots to compensate. In the second picture there is a large root that reaches from the Ash tree to the tree in the foreground. I think it might be worth airing on the side of caution and have it down but what are other peoples thoughts as to whether it should be felled or not? 

I found the THREATS system to be quite useful in these sort of circumstances, gets your mind thinking.

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Just work your way through and see what the score says.
I often find it difficult to decide between which score to give it, so sometimes end up doing 2 or more calculations.

Hope this helps

Let us know what you come up with.

Regards Neil

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Over a building or suchlike perhaps, over a woodland footpath with little footfall I'd do nothing.
 
Armchair quarterback stuff of course.

Agreed Sir Dempsey.
It's bloody good firewood though....

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