We had been asked to inspect a large pollarded Beech on Balcombe Forest.
The tree had shed several limbs over the last few weeks. Unfortunately the old pollard points were completely hollow and day light could be seen through the trunk.
There was no option but to fell for safety reasons. It was probably pollarded some 250 years ago to make the wood available for furniture making. Over all we estimate the tree had an age of 400 years!