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Dangerous Trees

Friday, December 20th 2013

After heavy rain Risedale Beck can transform from its usual tranquil state into a very fast flowing stream which can quickly reshape the watercourse.  An area of the bank near to the tank tracks has been particularly affected, undercutting the root systems of three large conifers.  With the proximity of these to the path and a footbridge it was decided to take these down before they could do any damage to people or pathways in the stormy weather that is forecast well into the New Year.

Because of their size each tree had to be felled in sections with tree surgeons climbing to remove the top half first.  Once this had been done and the brash cleared they could start to fell the remainder of the trunks.

The trunks have been logged up and will be used to create habitat piles, while the brash can be used in the construction of woodchip paths.


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