Although this was a large and less common tree, it was all but dead and beginning to shed limbs very close to this family home. Monkey Puzzles will generally die-off from the lower branches upwards in response to root distress caused by poorly draining and compacted soils. The trees may survive if only the lowest branches are shut off and may only require the lower branches to be removed, but once the die-back gets into the upper crown and leader growth, death is inevitable.
This tree was removed using simple rigging to avoid damage to the conservatory, house and neighbouring plants. Some of the wood was given to a local wood turner but unfortunately the remaining branch and log wood was chipped as it makes for very poor fire wood.
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