Monday, 26 March 2012

One very dead oak

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.