Monday, 25 February 2008

Tree felling at Kelham

As part of the long-term flood defence plans for Kelham Island, the week before last saw the cutting down and removal of some of the trees on the river banks and small islands surrounding the Museum.

The tree felling team brought a huge portable crane down to the end of the island. For each tree that needed to be felled, the crane hoisted one of the tree surgeons up into the air to attach chains around the upper branches. Once the chains were secure, the tree surgeon abseiled down to the ground and sawed through the trunk, so that the crane could lift the whole tree away. Not a job for people who don’t like heights!

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