The Godinton Estate is fortunate enough to have thousands of trees across it, but as we are open to the public, we have to be vigilant in managing our trees to ensure the safety of all our visitors. As a result, tree surgeons check our trees regularly – they can do this by visual examination, but often this involves scaling the trees to check inside them, as James did with our extremely tall plane tree!
Sadly, we had to bid farewell to a chestnut and turkey oak overlooking the picnic area. Both trees had structural instability and parts rotting away, and watching them cut down was quite a sight first thing in the morning! Their wood will go to use in various different capacities across the estate, so nothing is wasted. We also have an extremely active programme of replanting, so whilst it was sad to see parts of some of our trees go, rest assured they will be replaced.