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This is a difficult one. Aesthetics matter, after all. But this was a tree of great worth, and I wonder what on earth would have looked so awful? Trees get coppiced, pollarded and pruned in a variety of ways, and sometimes we have to wait a while for the benefit: they aren't annuals, after all.


Helen Gazeley

Aesthetics do matter, but you don't put down your granny because she no longer enhances the family photo. As Jeremy says in his opinion piece on his website:

"No matter how poorly presented,such trees are often the only remaining living link with departed ancestors, which is of profound psychological importance to ordinary people, and yet frequently ignored by
professionals engrossed in the rigor of their enterprise."


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