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Just now, Mark Bolam said:

Do you not think it’s time you did them again then?

Climbing regen on lombardies isn’t anyone’s idea of fun.

You can bust some of the unions off with a hard stare.

they aren't as big as that one, and a did have a plan using something what Johnny Walker on here used to call a floating rope, basically you could have something round the trunk at various heights below the top anchor so if the top comes away you take a fall, but only as far as the next sound anchor. A bit like the rigging fishing pole technique.

You're right I do need to get back up there while its still a silky job, was kind of hoping they'd have moved house

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As has been said before, leave alone or fell. Poplar regrowth is one thing that makes my arsehole go 50p 5p, 50p 5p, 50p 5p🤣. Seriously not funny stuff

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Try a reduction if someone will do it . I‘ve never seen a healthy Lombardy blown down before, there’s plenty here in Berlin.

If the tree is rotten i would remove it.



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Cut it in half, then tell them it’ll need redoing on a 7/10 year cycle, you be able to cycle that 2 or 3 times, If it dies it dies.


Clients keep their beloved tree for a decade or so, you get paid.


When you start telling people a tree HAS to come out when it doesn’t you can look like a  chancer.



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This tree is fully mature. I have often found them with moderate to advanced decay at the base of he trunk at this age. (especially when they have large basal flares).

Why don't you test bore the trunk at the base.

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