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This job was after the heavy snow fall in 2017, there was over 4 inches of snow and trees can’t really be protected against this amount of extra weight on their bows, nor can you detect whether a limb is weak enough to break, unless it is obviously weak or dead.
Conifers are the most obvious trees to snap out in heavy snow fall and I was surprised that this Yew had snapped out because they are mechanically so much stronger and more robust.
This Yew was dangerous as there were snapped out branches on the pavement and there were also hangers in the tree. This made it very dangerous for any pedestrians going past and if anyone was hurt, the owners would be liable for any costs.
This Tree was also in a conservation area and although the tree was damaged, we still needed to contact the Tree Officer to let him know what was going on.
Hundreds of Yew cultivars exist, the most popular being the Irish Yew. The Latin for Yew is Taxus. The Yew is most often seen in Church yards, they are slow growing and new growth can grow off bare wood.
They are incredibly long living and those with boughs over 4.5 metres wide always rotten but the living part of the tree is incredibly strong. Two of the oldest Yews in this country, the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire and the Llangernyw Yew in Conway are expected to be over 400 years old, however because the inside of the tree is rotten, it is impossible to be very accurate.