28 / 07 / 2011
The Loss of an Ancient Friend from Holker’s Gardens
The mature Beech Tree which stands in the centre of the Beech Walk has been declared in imminent danger of collapse. A major operation is about to be undertaken to ensure it's safe removal.
The mature Beech Tree which stands in the centre of the Beech Walk has been declared in imminent danger of collapse. Our Head Gardener Yvonne Cannon and our Arborist Consultant Bruce Hatton have been watching it for the last 2 weeks having noticed fine, vertical cracks opening throughout it’s trunk.
It was thought initially that these were due to the trunk resettling after the removal of a very heavy, breeze-torqued limb, earlier this year. Unfortunately internal scans have revealed a large area of decay within a section of the trunk. Further tests are being carried out to assess the extent of the damage.
The removal of a tree this significant is no mean feat and the potential impact on the surrounding area has to carefully considered as the Beech provides wind shelter for other important trees.
It is possible that the Beech trunk may remain in situ for up to three years, minus all the heavy wood within it’s canopy. This would leave some wind shelter and give the surrounding trees some time to grow reaction wood in response to their new exposure.
Due to it’s enclosed position, felling the Beech, or removing many hundreds of tonnes of lumber from the canopy, at nearly 80m high, is a highly specialist operation involving purpose built equipment. The work will commence on Monday 1st August and will see the Gardening Team here at Holker working closely with specialist consultants and contractors.