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Ash with a TPO

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We have a large Ash which is covered by a TPO ... 

 

The local Council man says it doesn't need trimming back

 

A local tree man says it does (don't think he was touting for work)

a representation of the Forestry Commission visiting to look at our Oak for the OPM say it does 

 

Opinions on whether a well written justification would get approved ?

 

Thanks

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Hi, I would say that lowest branch could definitely do with some weight reduction! It’s a poor union although it seems to be putting some decent reactive growth on the underside. It wouldn’t be ideal to remove it entirely as would leave a very large wound in an already compromised area. I’m surprised the TO won’t let you take 2 meters or so off!

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whats bracing?

Apart from a walk in Skeggie, it’s a method of supporting limbs, google cobra bracing for the full low down

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So what are your reasons for pruning the tree: Safety, then you will need to provide written evidence from an appropriate expert. Or poor living conditions, loss of light to the house and garden, overbearing etc. Then it might be easier, and cheaper, to justify.

 

The FC Officer and tree surgeon won't be deciding your application. Convincing the tree officer is what you have to do.

 

I'm not sure why the branch union is a 'poor one', or why it is 'compromised', it looks fine. Is the branch subsiding, well it doesn't look like it from the photos, and it's putting on good growth to address the stresses imposed on it. Thigmomorphogenesis and all that.

 

An Arb. Consultant would be able to give better, and impartial advice having had a look at the tree in the flesh, rather than someone on an internet site with very limited information.

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3 minutes ago, EdwardC said:

So what are your reasons for pruning the tree: Safety, then you will need to provide written evidence from an appropriate expert. Or poor living conditions, loss of light to the house and garden, overbearing etc. Then it might be easier, and cheaper, to justify.

 

The FC Officer and tree surgeon won't be deciding your application. Convincing the tree officer is what you have to do.

 

I'm not sure why the branch union is a 'poor one', or why it is 'compromised', it looks fine. Is the branch subsiding, well it doesn't look like it from the photos, and it's putting on good growth to address the stresses imposed on it. Thigmomorphogenesis and all that.

 

An Arb. Consultant would be able to give better, and impartial advice,  having had a look at the tree in the flesh, rather than someone on an internet site with very limited information.

Maybe John P is referring to the included bark ?

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1 hour ago, Stubby said:

Maybe John P is referring to the included bark ?

I can't see any forks with included bark. There's a fork in close-up, but that's a normal  U shape, with a nicely aligned bark ridge. The branch extends quite a way with little taper, but from what can be seen appears stable. It's not wrinkled up underneath, would be helpful to see if it is leaving a gap in the crown indicating subsidence.

 

Maybe I'm missing some photos, or it's just not clear on my phone.

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