Album: Burning Brashings

The pollarding of the iconic Horse Chestnut tree at the bottom of Betjeman Lane. The tree had become unsafe due to a combination of old age and invasion by leaf miners.

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The mature horse chestnut tree prior to pollarding. © Ralph Cobham


The Tree Surgeon at work. © Ralph Cobham


The church tower made famous by JBs Wantage Bells now visible in summer from wit...


The quantity of brashings presented a physical challenge. © Ralph Cobham

Burning Brashings

The brashings generated useful potash. © Ralph Cobham

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