This month, we have taken a few willows down. They can be a very dry and brittle timber, with a wet, spongy texture in the summer when the sap has risen. However the branches may feel fragile, they will not usually snap, as sycamore can, they will bend!
This one was growing out at about 45 degrees over a brook side in Bradwell. The owners had concerns that it may fall into their wall and garden, which given the nature of willow is very possible. If I hadn’t built their wall, we might not have been there so quickly!
A big thanks to Josh up there, who has helped me out with the tree climbing while I recuperate my health lately. I’m now back in the canopy and raring to go: but it’s much better climbing with two!