The tree-scape of the Forest is characterised by ancient coppices and pollarded trees.
Our amazing pollards
Dealing with storm damage
The sad tale of the twin-stemmed oak
This venerable ancient oak stood guard over the exit road as it emerges from Elgin Coppice and across Takeley Hill towards the boundary exit gate. It was an iconic tree, readily recognised by its twin stems, the subject of a many a photograph.
Unfortunately, in October 2018, an entire half section was blown down by high storms. The remaining half was deemed to be vulnerable to further damage and a potential safety hazard, so that some remedial work would be needed to safeguard its future.
After a thorough survey, including an element of stress testing, it was concluded that a 50% reduction in the canopy was necessary to make the tree safe. In addition, to give it the best possible chance of survival, it would be necessary to retain as much live growth as possible lower in the crown.
This work was duely carried out, with the aid of a "cherry picker" platform. The fallen trunk was deliberately left where it fell, to provide a habitiat for wildlife.
There is a young oak tree nearby, which in the fullness of time will provide some natural succession planning.