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  1. Manchurian walnut perhaps... Where is the tree...uk?
  2. Looks like a sad little walnut to me... Serrations don’t really make huge sense, but perhaps not juglans regia. Looks to have been hacked back though, so larger leaves than normal, plus the distinctive smell does add up.
  3. If you are only on 19k I’d say feel free to give it a go. Do you have desires to be a climber or would you be happy working on the ground, stump grinding etc. I started climbing at 32 with a years experience felling in the woods. I started on £75 a day as a chipper bitch with the intention of getting up a tree ASAP! I’ve made the most of the opportunity given to me and 5 years later I am lead climber and on £35k. If you find the right company then there is opportunity - but climbing isn’t everyone’s game, and definitely has a limited life span... Just expect to feel like you have been hit by a bus at the end of your first full week dragging brash!
  4. Were there any holes higher in the trunk? I had two woodpecker holes about three feet apart on a live willow trunk a couple of days ago. The lower hole was spilling out similar looking material since they began excavating the higher cavity. Not suggesting it’s woodpeckers that low down but if the gano has caused hollowing in the buttress and sending decay up the stem, any disturbance higher up will result in the ‘frass’ piling up in the bottom of the cavity?! Any small mammal could use a hole like that though... often found a family of voles nesting in the hollow of a rotting pop once it’s gone over, just cut a biscuit and pop it on the stump to leave them with a roof!
  5. Therein lies the game...
  6. I’m going to throw out cut-leaf sumac...
  7. No I don’t - the first ones for sure because all four trees down the road all done at the same time, the other two were done separately. It is just such a shame that someone has there tree butchered for whatever reason, and then a neighbour thinks that they must do something to their tree too, so points and says “can you make my tree smaller, ...like that one!” As if it’s now a good looking tree and they would feel good to have one too!
  8. I know sometimes when working to a spec there are limited options, but these people only have one spec... ...and went round the whole town!
  9. So it would have to be a hefty reduction to reduce water uptake and desication rate- beyond that of recommendations. It then does come down to a different question of opinion - can you live with that not very authentic looking oak tree at the bottom of the garden because it has ecological/habitat value but on going cost implications, or do you just be rid of it?
  10. No that is when you then move on to reducing the tree. A thin should leave a suitable structure for a later reduction according to recommendations. I believe a reduction should be the last resort as it ultimately changes the visual aspect of the tree forever and believe we shouldn’t interfere as much as we do Customers always right though... so reduce a lot more trees than I want to!
  11. I agree, however even the best intended lead shoot that is left will ultimately be chased up by at least one, if not two or more adventitious buds that all produce more leaf cover. More than if it had just been left to grow on in the first place.
  12. I thought reducing a tree reduces leaf cover short term, but ultimately leads to a larger leaf mass in a shorter period of time than thinning or leaving a tree alone. So I’d say thin the tree suitably to reduce leaf cover and then maintain that. That way not altering the external aspect of the tree and actually reducing the foliage cover for a longer period of time than reducing it. I can’t remember where I read this so don’t know who’s theory it is, but I am sure someone else can corroborate this...

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