At the bottom of our garden, we had a beautiful cedar tree; on returning to France this year in April, we noticed that it was not looking very happy and within two months, it was very definitely dead and black. Plans had to be made to remove it, but as it was about 17 metres (55 feet) high, and it was surrounded by hedges and electric cables on two sides and my shrubs on the other two sides, it was work for professionals. The local neighbour was happy to bring it down for us, but we were worried that if something should go wrong, we didn't want to be the ones paying to sort it it! We eventually found a fairly local tree surgeon with excellent insurance and we felt much happier about going ahead with the job. All photos can be enlarged with a simple click on them.
The tree before we started; you can see how little space there is around it.
The tree surgeon on his way up to fix ropes and anchors
The lower branches already off, and if you look carefully you can see the chipper machine 'spitting' out the chippings of smaller bits of wood which we did not require for fire wood.
Out on a limb
In more ways than one!
Last bit ready and
with a perfect landing.
Putting some style into the tree stump
and the mushroom appears
The large bits of trunk were put around the mushroom and now all I have to do is fill the centre with earth to make a raised garden. This should look spectacular next year (I hope), when it is planted and has plenty of colour.
The stack of firewood to keep us going for winter. We have been advised not to burn cedar on its own as the smoke is very tarry and clogs up the chimney, but we will use it with oak of which we also have a pile. The chimney is going to be cleaned this week, so winter here we come!
I would like to say thank you so much to Darren and his father who did all the hard work and left the garden in a spotless condition at the end of the day. To anyone who needs their help, I highly recommend them and they can be contacted on their website at www.viennetreeservices.com No, I don't make anything out of this! I just feel that their work was excellent, at a reasonable price and I am happy to make a recommendation. They work in Departments 86 Vienne, 16 Charente, 79 Deux-Sèvres and 17 Charente Maritime.
Don't forget the giveaway, see HERE to be drawn on the 24th August