Album: Burning Brashings

The pollarding of the iconic Horse Chestnut tree at the bottom of Betjeman Lane. The tree had become unsafe due to a combination of old age and invasion by leaf miners.

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Pollarding

The mature horse chestnut tree prior to pollarding. Ralph Cobham

Pollarding

The Tree Surgeon at work. Ralph Cobham

Pollarding

The church tower made famous by JBs Wantage Bells now visible in summer from wit...

Pollarding

The quantity of brashings presented a physical challenge. Ralph Cobham

Burning Brashings

The brashings generated useful potash. Ralph Cobham

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