It's yet another wild and wet winter night here at Roskhill....
The Barn pretty-much faces straight into the prevailing wind direction, so we are grateful for the short row of spruce trees (and one spindly birch) that provide us with some protection from the worst of the not-infrequent gales.
However - over the years we have become increasingly concerned that the largest and closest spruce was getting just a bit too big, bringing the risk that if it were to come down (or the top break off - which is another possibility) it would almost certainly do damage to our house.
So - we have recently enjoyed the services of a tree surgeon. We asked him to do what he could to maintain the appearance of our biggest tree, and the protection it provides us, but to make it less likely for the tree to fall or break. He cut off a lot of branches, and reduced the height by over 8 feet. He also 'opened up' the tree, so it offers less resistance to the wind. He assured us the end result would not look a lot different to before, but that the tree would be considerably safer.
I will be interested to see how the newly trimmed tree grows in the coming years...
|As it was...|
|Tree man at work - look carefully...!!!|
|As it is now...|