In November 2015, a large limb of our beech tree came down in a high wind. After clearing the debris from the lane, we called a tree surgeon, who told us she had reached the end of her natural lifespan and was now dangerously unbalanced. The decision had to be made to fell the tree. Beech trees can live to be 250 – 300 years, but since ours had been properly maintained, we think she was around 400 years old, possibly more!
We were very sorry to see her go, but were resolved to use every piece of her that was possible. Some of the wood was unsuitable for our boards, so this wood was used to make a surround for a pond, some plant containers and a path for our garden!
The tree surgeons kindly agreed to cut the wood so we could dry, store, and use it easily. Did you spot the tree surgeon in the picture above?
We aim to use every piece possible, so our beautiful tree lives on. She has provided us with some beautiful spalted wood that we use to make legs for our serving boards.