This one wasn't a very nice climb, well not to start with any way.
A pretty big oak tree that had been struck with lightning some years ago and has all but died, with only a couple of bits of epicormic growth still surviving. The main branch work of the tree is dead and well into the process of rotting.
|always feels much safer once the weights out of the top and theres no danger of the limbs breaking off|
Situated next to someones driveway and horse livery it was only a matter of time till it started shedding big limbs and causing damage.
Quite a tricky tree to dismantle as there were a few things to avoid underneath and the tree wasn't sound enough to lower any branches off, so I had to hold my nerve and bring it down in fairly small pieces, going out to the tips. I always have to work on the principle that once I've taken the equivalent weight of myself out I'm fairly safe! Its all a matter of judgement and I'd never climb it if I didn't think it was safe, but you can't be 100% sure with a dead tree.
We left the bulk of the stem standing as there is a chance it may grow as a pollard, if not then it will be perfect habitat for birds and insects as it rots away, being perfectly safe like this for years to come.