3. The domino trees

When we first saw this tree in July 2019 it was already substantially damaged, but it was this sight in particular that fascinated us. How could a tree fracture like that??!!

Not much changed for quite a while, except that the split seemed to expend a little. However, at some point earlier this year the split graduated to a fully qualified tear, and now the tree has a clear split that you could almost join hands through…

It may not be easy to see in the following image, but this tree and two of its neighbours are crashing into each other. This is a familiar sight all over the main woods at Stackmoor, where the shallow rooted goat willows have split asunder or just toppled into each other. In one or two places the sundered trees actually provide interesting and quite beneficial ground cover for various forms of wildlife, and at least one was home to one of the more interesting fungi colonies last year (see if you can work out which one…). Others are simply taking up space that could be better exploited by other plants, and will be dealt with in future planning applications.


This is the tree project that maybe interests and concerns us the most. Principally because we are trying to do as much of this tree work ourselves (me and my boys) as we can, but the hazardous nature of clearing some other higher, damaged branches may be beyond our amateur skill-set.


[Note: If, after March, the blog updates stop happening, it might not be unreasonable to assume the worst.]

To be continued . . . hopefully…

S

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