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Disgruntled client

Subject: Disgruntled client
From: John Hearne
Date: Sep 29 2020 06:55:40
I thought I'd share a couple of emails from a client who has been refused
consent to fell his honey fungus infected Oak. They brightened my day.

1st email:

Must tell you - do you recall I mentioned to you that I have been
watching a couple of oaks at Pamphill, and which appeared to my
untrained eye inclined to disease?

You do?  Wonderful.

Well, one of them has fallen over.

I'll try to send you some pics tomorrow, but it is awfully interesting:
the tree was in full leaf when it fell and looked quite healthy in terms
of the amount of leaf it was producing, although it also had obvious
bark damage at the base to the extent of a quite large hole and where
(so my grand-daughter informed me) Mister Foxy lived.  I'm not sure
about that, as I think he moved to a small housing estate just outside
Newbury some years ago and is currently undergoing trans-sexual rehab
with a partner named Ferret.

However, and be that as it may - I digress.

A nearby notice records that it was afflicted with Honey Fungus, and
other fungi of the conjecturally damned.

The fact of the matter is that it has gorn over.  A dog-walker there
told me that it had gone over of its own accord and no tree surgical
assistance was required.  Another tree nearby has been felled because of
the presence of various fungi according to another National Trust
Proclamation and there is considerable evidence of large broken limbs of
various trees there and in the woods thereabouts.

2nd email:

FYI:    Please find attached some pics of a small (beech, I think?) tree
which offered a lady staying in a caravan just outside Blandford on
Friday last the amenity of falling upon her, the caravan, a dog and her car.

I spoke to one of the other caravanners there and he said that it was
not particularly windy when it fell and that it looked in much the same
condition as the others around it.

The lady apparently had the further amenity of being removed from the
wreckage by firemen and taken to Southampton hospital by air-ambulance.
I don't know her condition.


Hearne Arboriculture

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