Reshaping The Copper Beech

Just after dawn this morning, before Josephine Hedger and her Arbor Venture Tree Care team, began work on our beech tree,

Jackie photographed the tree as it was then.

With all the necessary safety harness and lines, crash helmets, and high-vis clothing, the surgeons worked away steadily on the tree, lowering lopped branches to crew members down below; carrying and piling them for shredding in a chipper; swept up after themselves; and left us clearer than they found us. Because much of our tree overhangs the garden of Mistletoe Cottage, this was a joint project with David and Lareine Firth next door.

We were very impressed with the promptness, courtesy, friendliness, thoroughness, and skill of the team who related well to us and among themselves.

This evening we all dined on further helpings of Jackie’s penne Bolognese with the addition of tender broccoli stems. I drank Reserva Privado Chilean Malbec 2022.


  1. Between the esteemed Martin and this tree crew, your landmark garden will thrive beautifully. Not to diss what the family also does. ????????????????

      1. I resemble that remark. At least for now, you do have lots of young blood (and bodies) around to help. I’ll be even Ellie does her part (whether it is wanted or not).

  2. Wow, they did a great job for you guys! This work is always fascinating to watch. It’s very dangerous work and they always make it look so easy. When I have my two Mexican Fan Palms in the backyard pruned every June, they always leave the yard looking better than it did before they arrived! Have a great weekend, guys. ❤️????????????

  3. YAY for such great workers who do such great work! They amaze me! I call them brave tree artists!
    Tree-mendous photos, Jackie and Derrick!
    I always enjoy seeing tender loving care given to trees.
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. Lovely, I don’t think we have that kind of service here. MERALCO (Manila Electric Company) do the job of pruning and cutting trees when their lines in public roads are compromised.

  5. What an interesting job it must be to be a tree surgeon! Fascinating photos! It’s nice that you and your neighbors worked together on this project.

    1. Thank you very much, Uma. Actually I produced the gallery shots. Jackie’s were the first two.

  6. Amazing. Thank you for sharing. Will miss John’s posts and comments. It must be very difficult for his wife and daughter to accept the suddenness of his passing.

    1. They are in shock. Whatever was wrong, he was optimistic. Thanks very much, Lakshmi

  7. I’m glad you didn’t chop down the whole tree.
    We removed three trees to make way for our rear extensions and only last year chopped down two diseased trees. I still feel sad when I look back at old photos.

  8. When you look at the photograph of the tree in the beginning you don’t realise how big it is but then when you see the standing man, you realise just how big it is

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