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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 11th January, 2022)

A New Vista


A New Vista
The view of the East end of St Wilfrid’s is a bit more open after an ancient beech was felled by the wind. Contractors moved onsite on Tuesday 4th to clear the tree away.

Photo: David Long  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Veronica on 11th January 2022 at 09:11

That wind must have been powerful, looking at the thickness of the trunk. I wonder what will happen with all the wood. Looks like there's been a great deal of damage to the headstones. A lot more open to see the church. At least it was felled 'naturally'. I'm sure it will be missed.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 11th January 2022 at 09:31

Felling that tree must have taken some thinking abt. We watched a tree being felled in the woods behind us & there was a lot of working out going on but it fell just where they wanted it to.
Nice blue sky makes me think of a frosty night .

Comment by: Roy on 11th January 2022 at 10:55

Veronica and Helen, look at the tree on P-a-D Sept 1st 2020 a photo by Poet.

Comment by: Mick on 11th January 2022 at 11:01

Now is a good time to cut them all down and get the graveyard tidied up.
If I had anything to do with it I would cut the rest of the trees down, but leave about 6 foot of the stump.
Then I would get one of them chainsaw tree carvers to carve something in them, maybe a load of saints would look good stood in a graveyard and a couple of coats of Sikkens would protect them from rotting

Comment by: Poet on 11th January 2022 at 11:07

Just walked by and it all looks very neat and tidy . They have also done a good repair to the path where the old tree roots ripped up the flagstones . Dare I say the view looks better now .
I like Helen's idea of the wind having a good think . It reminds of that tale of the north wind's battle with the sun over who could easiest remove a man's jacket .

Comment by: Veronica on 11th January 2022 at 13:58

I remember the photo Roy, it was a beautiful tree, but not surprising it went down with the wind, sadly. There's a time for everything ... and a season for all! Or something like that!....

Comment by: Rev David Long on 11th January 2022 at 19:43

Talking to the tree surgeons, it seems the tree had diseased roots. It used to lean into the prevailing Westerly winds - but the wind which felled it was from the North - East. So, with weakened roots, and its weight already inclined away from the wind, down it came.

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