This is the rot at the base of the previous post.
Note the water pouring out of the cuts.
Do not over prune sensitive trees is the message.
This is the top. You can see the previous cut that has started to rot, leaving the remaining regrowth attached to a slowly rotting anchor point.
The entire core would have decayed leaving a hollow and this would have led to limb failure and possible injury.
Tricky one this one. The greenhouse obviously needed preserved as well as the hedge and fence. As this tree was topped previously it was knarly and rotten. It took a lot of sharpens to get through the soily rot at the base.
A reminder that pollarding is only ever a short term option when it comes to some trees.
This one had become quite dangerous.
(See next post for the rot photos)
Ask the experts which trees are suitable for this procedure and which ones rot.Pollard pruning a Lime tree in Eccles
There was only really one option with this tree as it had been cut really heavily in the past. A Pollard is a viable option on a Lime tree as it will sprout back with vigour.Re-Pollard pruning of an old Poplar tree in Stretford, Manchester
When a Poplar tree gets to a certain age then a Pollard is really the only option if you want to keep the tree. A best practice reduction would have been close to impossible on This hard to climb specimen and would not have rendered the tree safe enough. This tree had been pollarded before and some rot had started due to the cuts being misplaced. We removed the bulk of this rot and pollard cut each limb to a suitable node.
I look forward to seeing the flush of new growth in a few weeks.