Many of you will have seen this view of our garden. One of the features of this site is the borrowed landscape of large trees in the Church grounds beyond. The area has twenty or so mature sycamore trees around it's boundaries.
I've always appreciated the green backdrop and the part the trees played in bringing wildlife into our garden. Crows nested there every year and the young ones fledged from it's branches.
But now they are being chopped down...
It began with a tree on the far side near the flats. It had been damaged by recent winds and one of the branches had fallen on a neighbouring garage. After an inspection by the Angus Council Forestry Officer and a tree surgeon many other trees were marked for destruction. Most of them had formed multiple trunks and were considered dangerous. You might well be wondering why we were not told about these "dangerous" trees when several of them overhang our garden. And also why they were not properly maintained over the years.
As we live in a Conservation Area replacing the mature trees over several years might have been less damaging to the immediate environment and to the view. We're hoping the that new trees will be appropriate for the area. I fancy a copper beech or two myself even if I'm not around to appreciate them when they get to maturity.
There is also the question of the tree stumps. They could do one of three things
• leave them alone
• use a stump grinder to get rid of them
• treat them with sodium chlorate (heaven forbid)
Lets hope they don't go for the third option...
So I am very sorry to see these statuesque old trees disappear from our landscape (a selfish opinion I was told) and we'll get an unrestricted viewt of the flats opposite. Yippee!
We didn't want to see the main tree being taken down bit by bit this afternoon so we took off to a local wood to walk the dog and hug a tree or two.