Ayrshire, United Kingdom
I have had a tree surgeon come to take a few of the lower branches of my variegated poplar. We met and discussed exactly what I wanted which was specifically that my intention was to have tree swing within the next couple of years, so the branches removed were not to interfere in any way with that plan. The tree was a gift in 1993, and I have waited for twenty years, loving my beautiful tree and looking forward to my tree swing and having grandchildren to swing on it. The original position of the tree in the garden, was selected with that in mind. I am now only four weeks from retiral, having tendered my resignation yesterday. And how I was looking forward to more time in my garden and eyeing up my poplar's thickening branches.
I arrived home today, to discover the qualified tree surgeon had removed all of the lower branches, right up to the flimsy twig-like branches halfway up the trunk. It will take more years than I have left in my life for these twigs to mature to any reasonable thickness, and even then, they are far higher than I would have wanted for a tree swing.
I am heart-broken and that is no exaggeration.
My question is twofold. Is there anything I could reasonably expect the tree surgeon to do eg perhaps something to accelerate and promote chunky branches over the next few years, or is there any other recompense that would in any way soften the hurt of losing my dream. Do tree surgeons have unions?
To add insult to injury, when I expressed my dismay I was met with the rejoiner that he couldn't put the branches back on. My point exactly...and I can't get my twenty years and my dream back.
- 24 Aug, 2012