Our biggest challenge lay in a series of large Beech and Oak trees that had gone down over the river and one of its side channels. After wading across the flooded park-lands, we found that an entire Beech tree had snapped out in two large segments, which had gone down over the side channel and was consequently pushing the water flow into the park field. There were also two larger specimens that had fallen right across the main channel and were acting as a very effective dam. It has taken all week to clear through the debris and winch out the larger stems.
|Me up the ladder attaching the winch chain - you can see the size of the limbs that have snapped out.|
|An absolutely stunning example of Beech 'spalting' in the stem of a fallen beech. The patterns are beautiful, and make me imagine a map of the world.|