Sidmouth church trees given the chop
Pollarding gives Sidmouth trees new lease of life
TWO large horse chestnuts and a sycamore tree in Sidmouth parish church’s grounds, have been pollarded and pruned this week by tree surgeons.
Work started on Monday and continued this week.
A tree officer at East Devon District Council explained the two most easterly trees – the sycamore and one horse chestnut – had historically been managed as pollards and re-growth needed to be removed, back to the pollard knuckle.
He said: “This is a routine form of tree management. Left unmanaged, the pollard re-growth will be come increasingly unstable, possibly leading to branch failure.”
You may also want to watch:
A fungus has been seen growing at one metre and 2.5 metres on the sycamore, which causes a white rot, turning the wood soft.
The horse chestnut has a cavity formation at historic pruning points.
- 1 First time in a year for Sidmouth's rugby youngsters
- 2 Now is the time to shop locally says Sidmouth artist
- 3 Here come the Red Arrows! Things are looking up for town
- 4 Masks scrapped 'as early as next month' and over 35s jabs 'soon'
- 5 Public help needed to find wild violets around East Devon
- 6 Sidmouth electric car club survey launched
- 7 Talking Newspapers set to restart service
- 8 Jess Bailey secures a seat at Devon County Council
- 9 Property of the Week: Flat 2 Bedford
- 10 A tussle for the ages at Ottery Bowls
The larger, open growing horse chestnut further to the west, had its crown lightly reduced in volume.
“The tree has shed two branches and the re-pollarding of the two immediately adjacent trees will increase the chance of further branch failure,” said the officer.
“The crown reduction will reduce the chance of further branch failure to a reasonably acceptable level.”