For some time concern had been expressed about a large ivy-clad sycamore tree at the side of the dry dock and as Spring approached it became evident that the roots of this large sycamore tree were beginning to cause damage to the 200 year old canal retaining wall, now part of the wall enclosing one side of the much used dry dock.
Of course, removing trees is a complex matter so the Trust approached the Council about any required permission for the felling of the tree. Being within a Conservation Area, the Council eventually decreed that an S211 form would be necessary and a six week waiting time would be required for the application to be considered. After eight weeks patient yet frustrating waiting for the consideration period to elapse (for the tree by this time was bulking up by quickly spurting into leaf) we didn’t receive any prohibitive reports and the decision was made to initiate the removal of the tree.
The position of the tree, as illustrated in the photograph, was very difficult to access and our qualified contractors, Absolute Tree Solutions, decided that the only way to attack it would be to climb up and cut it down incrementally. The major part of the work was completed in a day, including removing all the significant amounts of debris, and the following week the work was finally completed.
Further work will soon be undertaken by the Tuesday Club to clear shrubbery along the bank where the tree once stood and also to trim some smaller branches from other trees over-hanging the roof of the dry dock which gets littered with leaves piling up in the guttering.
Typically for the Trust, nothing that can be used goes to waste and at least one of our resident boaters benefitted by removing some of the larger pieces of the tree trunk for use next winter on their boat fires.