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So after last weeks Catalan Arborist working with the team over at Burnahm Beeches, we now have an Arb from Belgium on a one week work placement.


Today he helped by reducing back limbs on a veteran English oak which has a colonisation by Fomes fomentarius.

















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On 16/02/2018 at 19:41, David Humphries said:

Roadside veteran beech pollard that we reduced by high line three years ago due to extensive Kretzschmaria & Ganoderma colonisations and associated soft & white rot.



Even with a very thin residual wall the tree has put on a lot of extended regrowth over the last three growing seasons and required another cut.











We set up the ultra static high line again on a couple of adjacent oak and beech maidens.


Rob (#Dendrophile) in the saddle on his last climb with us before heading back to Denmark on a new adventure.























We're hoping this second cut will limit the apical growth and stimulate extension in the lower stunted epicormic shoots.

Did you get any joy out of the axe wounds on the beech a few years back, to encourage/initiate epi’s?

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9 minutes ago, Gary Prentice said:

Did you get any joy out of the axe wounds on the beech a few years back, to encourage/initiate epi’s?

Not Really Gary, as the limbs were probably too exposed to light.


I didn't carry the experiment on as I should have and only have experience of the successful ones that I saw in the Basque on beech trees in 2009 & 2017.



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May of posted this earlier in the thread, but this is an update as there's been a new growing season.


Red oak colonised by Ganoderma resinaceum.












Just a tickle.....



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Just now, Steve Bullman said:

Awesome standards there David

Ta, but I just point the finger a bit, saddle work by Dendrophile & Jack

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At the other end of the scale from the red oak reduction above, here's a little experiment I've been watching for the last 10 years or so.


Yew tree that was in the way of development.

One of a pair that were down for removal.

Rather than fell both we topped one to see what would happen.


The Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) doesn't fruit every year and varies as to where it pops out.


April 2007




May 2008




May 2009




June 2010






May 2018








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Superb posts and pictures David.Yew trees are my most favourite tree. Laetiporus looks so bright against the bark.

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