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Excellent questions and thank you for your determination to expose this. In reading the response by NT South West there are further questions I have for them, (they didn't print my comments on the blog). In using a 'landscape perspective' argument they then fall foul of not adhering to proper consultation process either. What of the ELC or indeed even Aarhus? It is simply not good enough these days to assume a major change in an historic landscape without due process. Do we now have to assume that the NT are allowed to make decisions of such magnitude and exempt themselves from legislation the rest of us have to abide by?

This is my first time seeing the cross section with the decay. This decay is almost certainly the work of Phaeolus Schweinitzii A.K.A The Dyers Mazegill, there is very little living (functional) sap wood surrounding the zone of decay and the slightly lighter brown coloured zone around it clearly dysfunctional and will almost certainly be in a progressive state.

I am not condoning anyones actions regarding the fell, and still support the notion the tree could have easily been retained and managed as can most trees suffering from heart decay.

That said though, Phaeolus schweinitzii is a strong root decay/heartrot fungi, and not one to be overlooked or treated with less than the respect it deserves.

I think this situation now boils down to two questions

1) could public have been diverted from the fall zone of the tree, reducing the risk to zero?

2) Was there scope to reduce the trees crown?

If the answer to either is yes then it was a needless felling.

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