This Copper Beech was planted in the park over 100 years ago. It is currently in decline, with a sparse crown. Ganoderma has been present for what could be decades. Although a PiCUS has assessed the tree as having an additional 5 years of benefit without unnecessary risk. It would be beneficial to try and extend its useful life by allowing it to respond to the change in its load bearing structure. The tree has not responded to the reduction in load bearing due to reduced vitality.
We would be interested to know if Tree Rescue could reinvigorate the tree. Especially as the park is heavily used, with lots of foot traffic and occasional festivals, which result in vehicles parking on the root plate.
Tree Officer at South Gloucestershire Council