Every year we put up a Christmas tree in the High Street for Haslemere Town Council and I thought you might like to see some pictures of this years one.
We have a couple of plantations of Norway Spruce (the traditional choice for a chritmas tree) and over the years have been gradually thinning them by donating them to local good causes at christmas time.
The small glades where we remove the spruce are filling in with all sorts of interesting broadleaved species so over time we are improving the woodland structure as well. Just next to this years tree was a lovely glade of Rowan, a great species for wildlife (and one of my favourite tree’s). The only problem is, the spruce trees just keep growing! We ran out of small ones years ago and now the town is getting the top section out of a fair size tree. This has led to some interesting methods of lowering the tree to avoid damaging it over the years. We have used a few methods and now use ropes which are wrapped around neighbouring tree’s to control the rate of fall.
Its always an interesting challenge, and I like jobs that mark the cycle of the year. Hopefully this years one doen’t look too bad.
If I remember in the new year I will let on a little secret about Haslemere’s christmas tree!
Anyway, here’s wishing all of our supporters a, albeit early, very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.