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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 5th December, 2021)

The mighty - fallen

The mighty - fallen
Storm Arwen’s force felt in St Wilfrid’s churchyard.

Photo: David Long  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Mick on 5th December 2021 at 06:45

Now that they have seen the damage that trees can cause it would be a good time to cut down all the remaining trees and remove the grave edgings and just grass it all over, just like we did at St Annes up here in Shevington.

Comment by: irene roberts on 5th December 2021 at 08:28

What a shame. It has now joined the people whom it has shaded from the Summer sun and protected from the Winter snow for so many years.

Comment by: Maureen on 5th December 2021 at 10:25

Yes I know they are dangerous when they fall,but it always saddens me to see them on the ground,they remind of a wounded animal.

Comment by: Roy on 5th December 2021 at 10:44

According to a well known Standish Tree Surgeon the trees tap root was suffering from Honey Fungus which was the cause of its demise. There were two trees down in the churchyard, the other was quite a bit smaller probably about 40 ft tall with a lower trunk diameter of 2 ft but miraculously fell 'between' several headstones causing no damage. Someone up there was looking down on them.

Comment by: Gary on 5th December 2021 at 11:45

This was a feature of Storm Arwen here in the NE. I n my street a tree came down against a house, one branch knocking out a brick above the main bedroom lintel and pushing down the bricks of the interior bedroom wall.
Three days on, the council team arrived to cut up the tree on site - the foreman told me the storm had caused seventeen similar tree related emergencies, just in our area.
Forest trees in a residential area were always a bit iffy, no matter how pretty they might look in summer.

Comment by: TerryW on 5th December 2021 at 13:17

Mick when you say "we" does that mean you were involved?

Comment by: Ticsmon on 5th December 2021 at 13:26

Did it make a noise when it fell?

Comment by: Mick on 5th December 2021 at 15:19

Ticsmon if it fell in the middle of the night it wouldn't have.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 5th December 2021 at 15:24

A big tree that one, I saw it middle of last week and didn't know about the smaller one. It would probably be a good idea to have a precautionary look at the other trees in the vicinity. If this one had fungal issues, others might too. Mick, Standish has had a policy of removing grave edgings and grassing over to allow ease of mowing for years, just like down in Shevvy. I don't think they'll be chopping all the trees down either, a bit counter productive given the worldwide push to plant more trees to improve oxygen quality.

Comment by: Angela on 5th December 2021 at 17:14

Can you imagine the amount of Co2 in Shevvy.

Comment by: Syd Smith on 5th December 2021 at 17:23

The trees have been allowed to get to big for such a small space , just imagine the roots poking through all those ancient Standish skeletons.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 6th December 2021 at 09:52

And with the M6 running right through the middle of it Angela

Comment by: Veronica on 6th December 2021 at 12:58

That is so sad when a tree comes down. I hope another is planted in its place, we need trees for the benefit of our health besides looking beautiful.

Comment by: Poet on 10th December 2021 at 10:16

The tree had been growing at a perilous angle for years . See pad September 1 2020 .

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