This ancient mulberry tree has a long history of past arboricultural management included pruning, cavity filling (with concrete), sealing old wounds with pruning paint, cable-bracing and propping; some of which would now be considered by some to be poor practice in modern times. With tens of thousands of visitors walking around the tree each year, the head gardener was concerned about the impact on the roots by soil compaction and the risk of injury to visitors and staff.
FDA Ltd were commissioned to assess the trees’ physiological health, structural integrity and the condition of the supporting materials. We prepared a written report with recommendations for future management that included “target management” by re-alignment of the surrounding footpath and careful root zone protection.
Our awareness of the value and sensitivity of the tree together with knowledge of the site’s characteristics led to pragmatic, common sense and cost effective solutions.
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