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A Single Support

Introduction Propping Whole Trees Keeping a Clear Path
Carrying the Canopy Overhead A Single Support Candidates for Future Propping?

Sometimes a single prop is all that is needed to support a heavy branch. The examples are from Milson, Challock and Molash. Note the quality of the support at Milson, shaped to fit the contours of the tree. 

Milson Yew, Shropshire - 1999 © Tim Hills
Milson Yew, Shropshire - 1999 © Tim Hills
Yew at Molash in Kent - 1999 © Tim Hills
Yew at Molash in Kent - 1999 © Tim Hills
Yews at Challock and Molash in Kent - 1999 © Tim Hills
Yew at Challock in Kent - 1999 © Tim Hills

There was a time when it was fashionable to fill hollow yews with concrete or brickwork. The Minstead Yew in Hampshire is once such tree, apparently filled with concrete in 1979. Many years later one half of its trunk was destroyed during a severe storm. There were those who thought the tree should be felled, but advice to leave it and ‘see what happened’ was accepted.

Minstead Yew - 2002 © Tim Hills
Minstead Yew - 2002 © Tim Hills

At Bedhampton, also in Hampshire, it is possible that the weight of bricks filling the cavity has contributed to the lean of the tree. This female yew was “leaning on a staff” when visited in 1939; by 1998 a second prop had been added. 

Bedhampton’s propped yew - 1998 © Tim Hills
 

Bedhampton’s propped yew - 1998 © Tim Hills
Bedhampton’s propped yew - 1998 © Tim Hills

Introduction Propping Whole Trees Keeping a Clear Path
Carrying the Canopy Overhead A Single Support Candidates for Future Propping?