Making an Old Oak Crown Safe
The banks of the Stroll Garden feature two ancient oak trees which are particularly impressive during the winter when their skeletal frameworks are reflected in the surface of the ponds. Unfortunately, one of these oaks has caused a lot of headaches over the years, as it seems to have suffered from earth movements stemming from the construction of the lower pond. While we are relieved to see signs that the tree is finally recovering, there are still a lot of dead branches, especially on the outside of the crown, which are potentially dangerous in high winds. Therefore, every two years or so, after the banks have been cut back, our trusted tree surgeons spend a day climbing the crown and removing the dead wood. This requires a great deal of dexterity and courage!