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Friday, 24 May 2013
Big Betws Trees - razed to the ground
surgeons ALFA have done an excellent job in Betws y Coed felling three large
trees between the church and Cotswold Outdoors. It’s always sad to see big trees
going but from what I understand these need to go. A scan of the trees had shown
significant decay in the trunks and one of them had a large split.
Large trees to the left have gone
Why do I say ALFA Tree Services have done a good job? Apart from being thorough, diligent and tidy in the tree
felling, they went out of their way to explain to people like me who
question why these beautiful trees have to be felled.
The trees in
question are nothing special by way of species, some form of cypressy pine not
dissimilar to leylandii. They were planted about 140 years ago when the church
was built and don’t belong in the centre of town – it would have been much wiser
to have planted something more compact and manageable such as holly or yew.
This time lapse video shows the removal of the trunks.