Haloing the ‘Master’ oak
Paul Melarange was commissioned by Nick Harrison, former tree officer at Harrow Council, to assess the condition of the tree and to make recommendations for its management.
A short report was produced detailing the recommended works. Only minor tree surgery was required to the tree itself. These involved the reduction of three end-loaded and poorly tapered limbs, which had been identified as having an increased risk of failure. The remaining works involved pruning and felling adjacent trees, a management practice referred to as ‘haloing’, the purpose of which is to reduce competition from adjacent vegetation and to allow more light to the veteran or ancient tree.
The tree work took 2 days. Cuts were made using a combination of natural fracture techniques and target pruning. The cut branches were either chipped or stacked in ‘habitat piles’. Ongoing monitoring will be undertaken to assess the tree’s response to the works.
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