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We were asked to inspect a number of trees in a garden bordering Horton-cum-studley and Stanton St. John.

The majority were given a clean bill of health. A large willow on the rear boundary was found to be structurally unsound.

Rather than remove the tree to ground level we recommended it be pollarded to leave a viable 3 metre stump. Over time the pollard will regrow and present and important resource for wildlife in the garden.

The access proved difficult with only a small passage to the side of the house. We made enquires with the landowners to the rear and used the field for access with an agreement to reinstate the fence after completing the work.

The tree was reduced in sections with a combination of rigging and free-fall techniques.