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Topical Times – After the Storm…..

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – After the Storm…..

Thursday morning was a bit of an “eye-opener” to say the least!

The severe winds had left a large trunk off one of the Poplar trees precariously laid on top of one of the polytunnels. It must have come down with one helluva bang because the underlying frame was noticeably distorted.

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Apart from a few small holes caused by projecting twigs the cover appeared to be generally unscathed. It was a case of trying to remove the tree without causing any further damage.

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Some scaffolding was erected and planks were laid across to the tree. Bob “the brave” (that’s not what we normally call him!) crawled across the planks and carried out the sawing.

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Eventually the whole tree was safely removed in pieces.

Returning from lunch something above the dog kennel looked different….a large tree leaning at 45 degrees. It had been totally uprooted!

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The afternoon session would now involve ropes and more sawing to cut this much larger tree down and remove it from the site before it could do any damage.

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Thankfully both tasks were completed without any further problems thanks to my excellent team of helpers (Don’t tell them I said that….it will go to their heads!)

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Friday was spent standing the nursery trees up and cleaning away all the leaves/debris. it cost us two days work and we still have some repairs to carry out but in the bigger picture we were really the lucky ones…….how do those poor people on the east coast cope with their flooded homes?………how do people survive in other countries when the have a hurricane or tornado and not the light breeze we just experienced???