The bees and the cedar

In the recent high winds a branch in the middle of the cedar tree at heathfield started to tear away pulling with it a number of lower branches that trailed close to the ground.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden contractors were quick to identify the problem and coned off the area as you can see in the photographs.

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I am pleased to say that less than a week later the offending branches were trimmed back and the area made safe in time for the heathfield plant sale yesterday, sunday.

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The cedar tree was planted by Raymond Riesco who owned the property prior to the council. It was a birthday present to his wife who opened the curtains one morning to find the majestic cedar tree planted in a prominent position in the garden. It had been transported there overnight that just goes to show you could have items delivered efficiently before the days of the express couriers.

 

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Cedar tree still looking good despite its enforced trim

 

The orchards were also open on sunday and the female bees were hard at work pollinating the nearby trees that are all fertilised organically and are in flower. If you look closely at the base of the hive you can see the bees queuing to enter the hive.

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The hive was manufactured by EH Taylor, crest at the top, the leading maker of beehives in the uk from the 1800s until they were taken over in the eighties by EH Thorne. The factory had its own siding off the main railway line at Welwyn station in Hertfordshire. The new owners still make beehives today.

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