UPDATE 20/02/14: you can now donate to the Lonely Tree Appeal here.
UPDATE 01/03/14: Video of the covering over added. Timeline added.
Peter Lewis, the landowner of Greenhall Hill on which the Lonely Tree is sited, has taken advice from the Forestry Commission and the Tree Hunter organisation on how to best encourage the survival of the tree felled in high winds a week ago.
According to the specialists, there are two tap roots still intact which mean the tree may yet survive. Returning the tree to an upright position is not a viable option though, the stress caused by doing so will more than likely kill the tree. It’s hoped the tree will “phoenix” in its present position and a ‘new’ tree will grow out of the old.
The next step is to protect the exposed roots with earth – no mean task when you consider the accessibility of the site. Once the roots are safe the tree itself needs protecting from the sheep that will soon be grazing on the hillside and might find the leaves and buds a tasty treat. So a sheep-proof fence will need to go up soon, again, not easy as the area is mostly rock and machinery will be needed to make post-holes.
At the Llanfyllin Town Council last night, the topic was discussed at length and it was decided that costs for these steps will initially be met by the council whilst charitable donations are raised.
After 12 months specialists will re-assess the situation to see if any other action needs taking.
If you would like to help in any way with these tasks, Peter has asked that you contact him on 01691 648025.
VIDEO of the covering over – by Treehunter
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
12th Feb – Lonely Tree blown down in 100 mph winds.
14th Feb – Assessment by Peter Lewis, the owner of the land, and arboreal experts from TreeHunter and Forestry Commission. As there are still tap roots attached, it’s decided that the exposed roots should be covered and a sheep-proof fence be erected and the tree left for 12 months in the hope that it might “phoenix” – creating a “new” tree from the fallen one.
17th Feb – News story appears on BBC website.
19th Feb – Interviews for Welsh TV news. Council agrees at their meeting to fund any work needed while donations are collected.
20th Feb – Fund set up to take donations and organisation for a concert at the Workhouse gets underway – planned for Saturday 29th March. Singers and songwriters donate their time and talent to the project.
22nd Feb – Operation Lonely Tree commences – earth is take to the top of the hill by D G Mills in several loads and the roots are covered. See TreeHunter’s excellent video of the event, complete with appropriate music, on the website.
24th Feb – Project announced to collect stories and images of the tree for publication in a book to raise money.
Week commencing 3rd March – possible coverage in the Guardian newspaper.
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