The photos above were taken a few minutes ago showing showing Geert of the TreeFX team dismantling the lovely old copper beech in the middle of Cloudehill that was so usefully hanging over the hedge around the Theatre Lawn all these years. So all in all a rather sad day!
Those walking under this tree in times past might have glanced up and noticed heavy chains holding its multiple stems together. The middle of the tree has been dead for a long time. Year by year we have been watching it, trying various things to get some structural strength back into it. To no avail! Indeed if the evil decision had been left much longer the entire tree would have been in danger of toppling over, taking several other trees and anyone wandering around underneath with it.
So - down it comes.
Such moments can be positive they say. Big holes in the garden are the chance to rethink things. We already have rows of copper beech not far away. Do we really need an almighty 100 year old copper beech (propagated by no less than the famous Fred Streeter and sent to Ted Woolrich way back in 1928) as well? Actually, yes! For the moment all that's left is a dirty great hole in the garden.
In a few days time I will be thinking about alternatives and how things such a as a Acer rubrum October Glory might change the mood of this vital part of the garden. Or how a Pyrus nivalis, the snow pear might be good to soften all that purple further along the slope. But these are thoughts for another day. Today is for farewelling the old beech. And thank you to the TreesFX team, Geert, Brodie and Julian, for a very tricky job well done.
See you in the garden this spring