The Sad Loss Of A Huge Tree

Start of the felling process of the big tree at Chataigne House in France

Sadly, we had a huge tree come down here at Chataigne House in France. Part of it fell down in a storm, and it took another two leylandii which were forming an archway to the pool area with it. We were lucky it didn’t land on the pool house or heater. But unfortunately, it meant the rest of the tree was unstable and had to be removed. It was fascinating to watch the skill of the tree surgeon at work. I’m making a time lapse video of it too (see below).

Start of the felling process of the big tree at Chataigne House in France
Start of the felling process

You can see in the foreground the remains of the leylandii which were forming the entrance, and the pool house and heater to the right which were narrowly avoided!

All the branches removed first
All the branches removed first
Shredding the branches
Shredding the branches
All that remains of the huge tree
All that remains of that huge tree

Here is the video:


14 Replies to “The Sad Loss Of A Huge Tree”

  1. Oooh I love seeing things like this in action – I’m looking forward to seeing the time lapse video!
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  2. It’s always sad to see a tree go even when it has to.

  3. Blimey that is one big tree to see go.

    What will you use the wood for?

    Thank you for linking up

  4. We have had to loose a few over the years here too, always sad to see them go.
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  5. A sad loss. It looks like a big job cutting it down too. I bet you’ll miss seeing it for a while yet.
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      We will, although we’re enjoying the newly found space!

  6. Oh it must have been sad to see that tree go. You are lucky that it didn’t do any damage though! x

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      We are lucky, although it has cost us a fortune anyway in tree surgeon fees and a new fence!

  7. Aw, it’s always sad when a tree falls down. Maybe you could do something lovely with some of the wood? xx

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      We’ve made the big log ‘slices’ into a kind of stepping stone area at the moment. It would probably make a nice fairy garden, but my boys wouldn’t hear of it!!

  8. I bet that kept the boys entertained all morning. I love the excitement in his voice when he said the shredder was totally awesome! Thank you for joining us on #PointShoot
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    1. Yes, they were very excited indeed (as was I, must admit!)

  9. Oh my word, that’s most definitely a job for the professionals! There is no way I would be climbing that ladder, however knowing my hubby and how tight he is he would be expecting us to do it ourselves. One positive is that you will be nicely stocked up for the wood-burner in winter #PointShoot
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    1. My Hubby is quite handy with a chainsaw, but no way would he have attempted a job that huge!

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