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RE: Felling of the Duke of Wellington Cedar by the National Trust at Kingston Lacy House, Dorset

Subject: RE: Felling of the Duke of Wellington Cedar by the National Trust at Kingston Lacy House, Dorset
From: Edmund Hopkins
Date: Jan 17 2014 09:30:37
It is also cunning, because it takes the decision right away from technical 
arboriculture and into another realm.

I must say I find Cedars quite problematic in my own practice because they 
are usually in too small a space and have that habit of shedding the odd limb 
or 3. They are also highly architectural, and when I was a contractor were 
one of the very few species I would willingly deadwood.

So at what point is a Cedar so compromised by pruning that it no longer 
delivers the architectural goods? Can we be confident that the Trust modelled 
the pruning options and analysed the relevant sightlines before digging out 
the chainsaw from the boot? Perhaps the Chair will tell me if he replies to 
my letter. 

-----Original Message-----
From: John Hearne [mailto:john.hearne@xxxxxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk] 
Sent: 17 January 2014 09:00
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: Felling of the Duke of Wellington Cedar by the National Trust at 
Kingston Lacy House, Dorset

It reads fairly enough and is better than the sort of public relations 
misinformation the Trust has been guilty of in the past. I've also been 
saddened by the decline of the iconic Beech Avenue also at Kingston Lacy 
particularly since around 20 were felled a few years ago. The Trust said at 
the time that at 170 yrs the Beech were at the end of their lives and they 
launched a 'celebration' of the avenue as a precursor to its removal. Perhaps 
the Wellington Cedar publicity will stay the Trust's hand and grant the 
Avenue a few years' respite.



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