Toy Story?

                                                                                         

I was on site the other day with a colleague and we felt a bit like Woody and Buzz when they look out of Andy’s house at the scene of horror in Sid’s garden – damaged and re-constructed toys littering the ground!

Almost every tree that we looked at was in some way defective, but it was difficult to imagine what might have caused the defects, it certainly didn’t appear to be grazing damage but appeared to be more deliberate – scars on one side of the stem only, immature ash pollarded at about 1.2 m, collapsed lime coppice thanks to Kretzschmaria deusta.   Looks like a job for the site clearance boys!

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