Posted: 04/03/2015 at 14:29
Forum was down for me until after lunch.
My garrya is about 3m tall, 20 year old, and responds well to random hacking. It is currently covered in long tassels.
Cold wind here. I have picked some hellebore flowers to float in water. Sweet peas are germinating. The mouse trap killed a wood mouse in the greenhouse.
One of the neighbours had cowboys in, trimming the oak. Words were said. He said he had permission. A phone call to council had a result of an emergency visit from their tree people, who have spelt it out to him, including the size of the fine he can expect. At this he backtracked, saying the scaffolding was for cutting the hedge. Liar, liar, pants on fire. I think he has got the message, though the scaffolding is still up. We have taken photos. He has only removed twigs that a lopper can cut, and provided no rot sets in, they will soon regrow. Moral of this story. If you dont like having a 150 year old oaktree in the back garden, dont buy the house. The preservation order is on the deeds.