I don’t like cutting down trees unless I really have to. I prefer planting them. However, the two enormous pine trees in front of the chapel at Teysseroles, which we are helping to restore, had just got too big. So we designated today as tree-felling day.
Our association’s president, Alain Vignes, said his uncle told him that he was there when the trees were planted. This must have been 90-95 years ago. The uncle now reposes in the cemetery. The two taken down today were all that was left of an alley of trees leading from the gate to the door of the chapel. The SF counted the rings and reckoned there were 103.
We had several good reasons to take them down. First, they had shallow roots and a gale might have uprooted them and toppled them onto the roof of the chapel. Since the roof is the only sound part of the structure, that would have been a pity. Second, they had become too tall and if we had just lopped off the tops they would have looked ugly. Third, they obscured the front elevation of the chapel. Finally, their roots were doing untold damage to the graves lining the path.
The nephew of one of our group fells trees for a living. He agreed to do the job for a “prix d’ami”. A young man in his twenties, he shinned up and down the trees, cutting off branches before felling them. Although he wore a hard hat and used a safety harness, I admired his courage. The taller of the two trees was about 15-20 metres high. He swung about up there like a large monkey.
“It looks nice now,” he said of the bare trunk he had just stripped of its branches. “Shall I leave it like that?”
I missed seeing the trees fall since Saturday morning is my stint at the library. However, I left the SF with copious instructions for using my camera and he acquitted himself quite well.
The trunks of both trees were arrow straight. Alain would like to use the wood to make some pews for the chapel, which would be a fitting end for the trees.
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