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I'm sorry trees, you have to go

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Having eventually found our plot in episode one, and worked out where the plans had the house to be built we found that a walnut tree had to make way. A second tree, a horse chestnut was also badly diseases with a split trunk and as we didn't want that falling on the newly built house in the Autumn of 2019 (or Fall for our American cousins as I am writing this on Thanksgiving Day 2020) I headed off with equipment in hand to so some tree felling.

First some photos of entrance to site (now wider!)

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and then some of the felling

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and of course the obligatory fire, and a beautiful sunset as my reward at the end of the first day

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I am curious to know why you went up a ladder and cut the branches off, a dangerous operation?

 

When I felled my trees, I just felled the tree whole, and then cut it up on the ground.  It looks like you had room to do that.

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its better to leave 5' of trunk, it makes pushing them over and getting the roots out that much easier. If you wanted the stump out that is.

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@ProDave - the branches of one tree were close to the overhead electrical cable in the picture, so I wanted to remove them in small pieces using a handheld saw. The ladder was tied to the tree and pegged to the ground to minimise the risks.

Felling the other tree as a whole had the potential to take out two others at the same time. If I'd had the opportunity, it would have come down as you suggest.

@Dave Jones - As you can in the pictures, a good 18" of trunk was left and my ground worker dug them out and has taken them away

 

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