Removal of a heritage tree

Saying goodbye to an old tree can be very sad. This tree has stood in the grounds of Lorne House since the late eighteen hundreds but has been in gradual decline for many years. Now displaying very little healthy growth in a crown that’s over 50% dead, and two cavities that make us question her safety, gives us good reason to remove this tree. We were also keen to ensure the future of a juvenile beech tree happily growing below.


Stood in the grounds of Lorne House overlooking the harbour and castle of Castletown, it seems this old girl was dying back due to exposure brought on by the loss of a larger neighbouring tree, as well as general old age. The cavity in question is located in the union of the two leaders.


Her picture postcard view of the harbour and castle. Complete with transit van.


This was my concern. The cross section below gives a better idea of dimension.


The decay had been well resisted by the tree’s natural defences. I still feel it was justified. I welcome your comments.


This cavity was much further down and considerably more solid than the other cavity. Although this example is large, pockets of decay are very common in mature trees.


Removal of the beech in decline has eliminated the chance of broken limbs damaging the happy and healthy juvenile beech below. The trunk will be incorporated into a sculpture.

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Ben Brooker –