Dismantle of a large Copper Beech that had succumbed to the fungal pathogen Meripilus giganteus.
Devon Tree Services and Exeter City Council Parks Department have been monitoring this large Copper Beech in Exeter close to the Princesshay Shopping Centre in Southernhay Gardens.
The tree was colonised by a fungal pathogen called Meripilus giganteus that can rapidly decay the below ground portion of the tree. Unfortunately, earlier this year the tree displayed symptoms of rapid decline with no likelihood of recovery.
The tree was sectionally dismantled by our staff with the assistance of a 50 tonne mobile crane and the stump then ground out. Large sections of the timber have since been taken to parks around the city and carved by our team to form benches, tables and even a children's climbing feature.
An extremely sad loss for the city.
I want to congratulate your staff for the extremely professional approach they took. Every aspect, including co-ordination, planning, risk management, public relations and the technical skills implemented was handled at the highest level of proficiency.
Mr Paul Faulkner
Parks and Open Spaces Manager
Exeter City Council