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  1. What management would you recommend for this tree? Interested to hear your opinions (what/why/how/when) and reasons. It is a large mature copper beech located next to the main entrance door to a small hospital. Fell it / prune it / leave it alone / further investigation?
  2. A large mature lime has had roots severed by deep straight trench approx minimum 2m from stem extending several metres each direction. The trench is close to the boundary of one property. The tree is in the neighbouring property. I know that it is legally correct that the trench digger can sever the trespassing roots back to the boundary if they wish but my question is whether the owner of the tree noe damaged by this action could claim fo costs to remove the now dangerous tree?
  3. I am looking for an air spade user to excavate a couple of trenches, each maybe 8-12m long, to see whether there are any significant tree roots entering an area where a driveway is proposed. Anyone in the Derby area or prepared to travel to that area to do this?
  4. Hi I am working for a local authority who do not have any plans or records of their tree stock and no tree risk inspection regime. I have been tasked to do 2 things : 1. consider the trees on land they own / manage in terms of safety issues, making recommendations for tree works where necessary with timescale, and 2. to record the presence of ash trees giving an estimate of their Chalara-related condition to inform the councils planning relating to necessary removal of dead ash trees. This all needs to be done at as low a cost as is realistic. I have written a draft methodology (attached), and would appreciate comments on what is good about it and what is not so good with suggestions for improvements... Tree inspection draft.pdf
  5. Spotted an amazing example of natural bracing in this ash tree in the grounds of a privately owned country house in Derbyshire
  6. Beautiful tree, what a pity to impact its appearance by removing such a large branch. However, if the neighbours are planning to remove the branch overhanging their property, which they are legally entitled to do of course because it is trespassing, it would create a large wound. From the photo it appears that the wound would be located next to a major fork. The wound will be open to colonisation by wood decay fungi which may over time potentially lead to an increased risk of failure in that part of the tree - a particular worry considering the major fork there. I would be a good idea to have the tree inspected every couple of years following the works including a climbing inspection to keep an eye on the affected bit. It might also be a good idea to plant a replacement pine close to the existing one in anticipation of its ultimate complete removal. The replacement would then hopefully have some years to get established and grow to some reasonable size to provide some level of amenity. The loss of the original then won't be such a loss when the time comes.
  7. Yes, the tree could be pruned as suggested above, but on the other hand it might be interesting to leave it alone. It will either straighten itself up now that it is free of the competition it appears to have responded to in the nursery, or it will keep its lean and the new growth will curve back up to become vertical. If the latter, then in time the tree will have an interesting form which will become optimised so shouldn't be a weakness....


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