At the bottom of my garden is my veg garden and beyond the veg garden was a tree. A beautiful paper bark cherry with coppery peeling bark.
It was here when I moved in and has grown steadily ever since. It had got big. Too big. It was casting shade over the entire veg garden and had reached 1/2 way across my neighbour's garden too.
Sadly I made the decision that it had to go. It's never easy deciding to get rid of a tree, especially a beautiful tree, but there was no other feasible option.
I started by taking the canopy out and immediately the light flooded back into the garden.
It was at this point that I realised that cutting the canopy out had done some damage to the tendons in my elbow and I was going to need help to finish the job.
Cue handy friend who came round and sawed the rest of it down.
I now have a bench that I can use again as it's not totally shaded, a sunny veg garden and a large pile of logs to deal with - when my arm is better and I can lift them that is.