Created 11 December 2017, modified 15 Dec, updated 29 Dec

Cradley Churchyard Trees

The Great Snow of Sunday 10 December 2017

The background to this note was the recommendation from our Hereford Tree Warden that we keep Cypress 4a at the lower NE corner and also the very tall cypress 10 to the East of the Church. Please refer to the notes provided with each picture below.

After making representations to our warden he has agreed to felling tree 10, and our planning permission should have been received by Christmas. This was desired to enable the urgent work to be done before spring 2018, i.e. mid February 2018.

The Archdeacon has agreed to our plans for immediate work - felling of diseased birch 12a, crown lifting sweet chestnut 6, removal of overhanging branch of beech 7 on the eastern boundary and ash branch 9 by the electricity cables. The remainder of our application will be put to the DAC in January for the formal Faculty application to the Chancellor.

Cypress 4a on left with 4b on the right. Our Hereford tree warden advises keeping 4a and we will tidy the base of this tree. I (Tony) have been asked by villagers to arrange discussions about tree 4a with the Hereford Tree Warden in the New Year when the Council return to work. The diseased 4b is in a complete mess!4a & 4b
The base of 4a looks like a problem at a distance, but will only require removal of the elder saplings and light pruning of the very low ground branches.4a
The base of 4a does have low branches as seen from the east, but with the snow gone it will be easy to tidy up.4a
Cypree 4b, doing what old cypress trees do when they get too much of the wrong kind of snow.4b
A rather nice picture of the Church tower in the evening light.Church Tower
Diseased bits of Cypress 3a all over the path.3a
The base of Cypress 10, showing the wide spread of the branches over reserved (under the left side as seen here) and existing (hidden well underneath) burial plots. Our Hereford Tree Warden has now agreed to fell this tree.
Cypress 10 causes us concern as it is very messy at ground level and something must be done to re-claim the burial space it is denying us. This is part of the active part of the churchyard used for current plots. From the north it blocks the view of yew B and the village hall, and from the west (the upper churchyard where we have planned our wild flower meadow) it blocks views of the wooded hills, the AONB where the views are spectacular. Given the presence of other trees nearby we rate it as having negative amenity value.
[historical note only -] If we are unable to obtain permission to fell this tree then we will apply for crown lifting, but since the branches that spread are actually quite high at the main trunk we will ask for 'crown lifting to maintain at least 3' clearance of branches from the ground'. This formula would allow us to be economical with the first trim and address any later branch droop as it happens.
Snow damage to English Yew B; the right hand picture was taken on 27th December. We have spread 'root feed' compost under this tree, controlling nettles and other weeds.Yew B Yew B
Irish Yew E, to the left of the Church porch, the snow bending branches down just as the ivy had done 8 years ago. This tree has recovered.Irish Yew E