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TRE - MENDOUS PROBLEM FROM STRONG WIND
Gale force winds attack our Cemetery Holm Oak Tree

On the 27th July Neil Williams wrote to Parish Council members to inform them of the following:
Dear Councillor, A quick email to let you know that sometime on Friday night or Saturday morning one of the boughs of the Holm Oak in the Cemetery broke away from the tree, hitting the Museum in the process.
Whilst there is damage to the building, the full extent is not known at this time.
The matter is now being dealt with by our Insurance Company.

It is thought that this Holm Oak Tree is several hundreds of years in age and as the very first picture shows, taken from between the two Chapels, it is a rare sight in full leaf!


Photograph taken on the Parish Council inspection 9th June


Photo taken on 30th July after branch was torn off by gales


Photograph taken on the Parish Council inspection 9th June


Photo taken on 30th July after branch was torn off by gales


This shows a general view taken from the ‘Wild Flower Meadow’ and shows the large branch, the size of a respectable tree in its own right, part laying on the Museum roof where the capping tiles and gutter have been damaged.

The Top four pictures show a ‘before and after view’, with the picture on the left taken seven weeks earlier and the one on the right taken yesterday, from as close as possible to the position from which the original left hand picture had been taken.
The bottom three pictures show the broken limb, focusing in of the actual break and showing clearly the size of the branch broken off. This will require some considerable skill on the part of our contractor to remove the fallen branch without doing further damage to the museum roof – but I suppose that is why we employ professionals to do this work for our residents.

M.J.T.
1/8/15

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