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Britain’s oldest tree

How old do you think Britain’s oldest living tree is? As a commercial arborist we should know really shouldn’t we?! Apparently it’s 4,000 years old but unfortunately, it’s thought to be dying! The tree in question is a beautiful Ashbrittle Yew in Somerset which resides in the Church of St John the Baptist’s churchyard and is an astounding 38ft. The tree was already pretty mature when Stonehenge was being built!

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Italian Tree Felling

A couple of blogs ago we outlined the plan to cut down olive trees in Italy to stop the spread of a deadly tree bacterium that was threatening to spread along the region. Italian authorities have begun the process of felling a number of trees, however, many landowners and conservationists are upset labelling it an assassination.

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So what pranks were you subjected to yesterday by your family, friends and colleagues? Or were you the one doing the pranking? We do like April Fools’ Day here at Myer’s Tree Care and we love how even the various media outlets get it on the action. Jeremy Clarkson joining the Guardian’s drive for fossil fuel divestment? We don’t think so! But it’s a great little tradition that we have and we love to get into the spirit of the morning. However, there’s one thing we don’t kid around with and that’s our tree surgeon Stockport business.

Here at Myers Tree Care, we’ve been providing a specialist and professional service as a tree surgeon Stockport wide and the surrounding areas, since 1997. That’s nearly 20 years of experience under our belt and in that time we’ve managed to achieve a respected name for ourselves and a varied client base. We’re also approved by many private homeowners, councils and other organisations for our arboriculture services.

Our business is our bread and butter and that’s we take it so seriously. Tree surgery can be dangerous when not done properly so there’s no time for kidding around when we’re on the job – thank god for April Fools’ Day so we can let off some steam ay? If you’d like to find out more about our tree surgeon Stockport services please don’t hesitate to contact us.

A happy ending

We love a story with a happy ending! A giant redwood in California that grew to the height of a 30-storey building but was ignominiously felled after a drunken bet, is now about to be reborn in Cornwall thanks to scientists and propagation.

The Fieldbrook Redwood Stump is a bit of a legend in northern California. In 1890, the stump was not a stump at all, but a 4,000-year-old fully grown Californian coast redwood. However, it is said that it was felled under the orders of William Waldorf Astor, a wealthy American living in Britain, who became embroiled in a drunken, bar-room bet about making a table seating 40 from a single cross-section of a tree. It would have been the biggest tree alive today had it not been cut down! Felling is part of our tree surgeon Stockport services, but we only fell trees when there’s a good reason – not because of a bet, can you imagine?

However, cuttings have managed to be cultivated and now 10 clones are currently growing as knee-high saplings as part of an ambitious plan to replant some of the oldest trees in America and Britain. Felling the tree without cause was a shameful act, but it’s not just a modern view of the situation, in fact when he was alive, Lord Astor vowed to sue anyone who repeated the story.

Thankfully, it seems this hundred and twenty five year old story is going to have a happy ending! And that makes this tree surgeon Stockport very happy indeed.