Our magnificent Tuart tree was a casualty of the storms last weekend. Three huge limbs snapped off like matchsticks. I got hold of the tree guys who had trimmed this tree earlier this year (Kings Tree Care) to arrange for them to come and saw, chip/mulch the fallen branches. I sent photos of the remains of the tree to the arborist but he said that it was unlikely that they’d be able to save it. So with great reluctance I decided to get them to cut it down to the stump. Such a shame. This tree was likely decades old, perhaps even 100 years or so old, maybe more.
Here are photos of the tree before it was pruned in February 2012, after pruning, and then a few photos of its last remaining minutes on this earth. There’s a full set of photos of the final lopping process here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630188182712/
A few days later, the stump grinder guy turned up and ground out the stump.