Friday 15 December 2017

Massive tree to face chop

Sabine Rosler pictured beside the dead Giant Redwood tree
Sabine Rosler pictured beside the dead Giant Redwood tree

Fintan Lambe

A MAJESTIC old Giant Redwood tree at Wells House and Gardens is to come crashing to the ground this weekend, but will be given new life when its wood is used for outdoor furniture in the garden of the Victorian House.

The Sequioa tree, one of around 20 at Wells House, is dead, and will be cut down by Heartwood Tree Care this Sunday, April 13, at midday.

Spectators on the day will have the chance to try and guess the age of the tree, and to estimate its height. The tree is over 100 years old, and will be dated by counting its rings when it's cut down.

Heartwood Tree Care recently gave a tree care demonstration at Wells House, and they've now been invited back to help with the ongoing maintenance of the grounds.

The Giant Redwood is the same variety as those found in Yosemite National Park in California.

The tree is located on the woodland walk, and could be a potential hazard so it must be removed.

However Wells House intends to use the wood from the tree for a pergola on the new seating terrace located outside the Visitors' Centre.

'The felling of this stunning tree will be historic and poignant but we are thrilled to be able to recycle and reuse the wood in the future under the guidance of Heartwood Treecare,' said Sabine Rosler of Wells House.

Heartwood Treecare will be on site from opening at 11 a.m. with the expected time of felling for the Giant Redwood between 12 noon and 1 p.m.

All the normal attractions of Wells House and Gardens will be open to the public including Archery, The Irish Wildlife Sanctuary, House Tours and the gardens.

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