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  1. Any ideas? Internet has come up with one article in Denmark, but doesn’t ID it...
  2. Im aware of fascination in the form of twig flattening and proliferation of buds in ash... I’ll look into that, but not convinced it’s the same. I was thinking gaul of some sort perhaps?
  3. Any ideas what is causing these bulbous growths? Connectivity doesn’t appear to be lost in the tips until they become quite substantial in size. They are relatively heavy in comparison to their size. Middle of live ones is dark brown and larger growth rings, dead ones appear to have radial cracks within but not in the bark. The tree has them throughout the crown in varying sizes. Anyone know what it is and recommendations to prolong the life of the tree? Pruning them all out would leave the canopy very sparse, but as I said not all are causing dieback.
  4. But if he throws the horse and cart in, what will he use to transport material to the second hole?!
  5. Its yellow meadow ants... Discover the amazing anthills at Coombe Hill WWW.NATIONALTRUST.ORG.UK Chalk grassland is one of our rarest habitats, and a reason why Coombe Hill is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The large bumps on the steep west-facing slope are the nests of the yellow meadow ant; a tiny insect that builds large anthills that provides a diverse range of homes for many of these species of wild flowers and animals.
  6. Manchurian walnut perhaps... Where is the tree...uk?
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. Therein lies the game...
  11. I’m going to throw out cut-leaf sumac...
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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?
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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...
  18. This is a very good point - I’d leave a rope in over night but don’t think I’d leave it any length of time. I’d want to reassess the tree and chosen anchor point as part of the climb. Especially as i guess the OP may be trying to get footage of squirrels! Also you are enticing other people to hurt themselves by leaving ropes in a tree as people can’t keep their hands to themselves - that or it will all go walk abouts. Retrieved my rope and left a throw line up through my cambium saver overnight on a dismantle along a quite field boundary footpath - next morning returned to find the cambium save still in place but the bit of string and throwbag had been nicked, so had to go all the way back up anyways!
  19. Is sounds like You climb SRT with a second line in as back up. All you need to do is put in a false anchor on the main stem wherever you need it. A single Lyon tape sling of a suitable length placed around the tree and then through itself will do the trick. Put a Mallion or karabina on the sling to run your ropes through and you are good to go. Question is how are you going to get up the tree in the first place? Do you normally use a throw line to get your ropes through your v shaped anchor?
  20. Saw this little beauty today - was a pretty good looking tree last week - cant even see what their reasoning was considering it is at the bottom of the garden well away from the house. Now they get to look at this every morning when they open the curtains - good job they got the pro’s in!
  21. It’s only what they want because all the way down the street there are look-a-like trees of all variety and species and they believe it’s normal and how trees should look after the ‘tree surgeon’ has been. I was going to take more photos, but my eyes started to bleed!
  22. ...at least it was removed and not left looking like any of these! Not in a CA - but who the heck can do this, be proud of their work and ask the customer to pay them for it!


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