The Scrub plum tree that had to come down as it had been slowly falling down of it’s own accord for some time.

Scrub plum trees were used by my Grandfather as a root structure for grafting commercial plums onto. This was done as the hardier roots were stronger and could feed the commercial plums faster and last longer. But when the Scrub plum was not pruned back after a few years it takes over and the grafted part of the fruit tree dies off. Scrub plums are like Damson plums but much hardier with very very small sour fruit.

Scrub Plum

Scrub Plum

 They are the first fruit trees to flower coming out with the snowdrops, so I am loathed to chop them down if it is unnecessary.

Scrub Plum Flowering in February

Scrub Plum Flowering in February

When I was getting ready to chop down the poor tree I found my chainsaw fuel container was missing. Searching high and low I couldn’t find it, until I went out to the big bags of rubbish my Ma had been collecting to bring to the dump, where I found it sitting right on top of the pile.

Rubbish for the Dump

Rubbish for the Dump

Rescued Chainsaw Fuel Container

Rescued Chainsaw Fuel Container

All the Gear Ready for the Job

All the Gear Ready for the Job

As the tree was chopped we pulled the leafy branches out for the sheep to clean off the leaves.

Sheep Enjoying Fresh Leaves

Sheep Enjoying Fresh Leaves

Whenever there is anything happening a certain person makes his appearance. He came up and flopped down on the ground in a shady spot to watch events unfold.

Bodacious Watching the Tree Coming Down

Bodacious Watching the Tree Coming Down

As we chopped down the plum we could see that it was dieing from within so would not have lasted much longer anyway.

Bodacious Inspecting the Rotten Heart of the Tree

Bodacious Inspecting the Rotten Heart of the Tree

Chopped and Piled

Chopped and Piled

When all the heavy work had been done the inspector made his rounds to make sure we had done everything right.

The Inspector Approaches the Wood Pile

The Inspector Approaches the Wood Pile

Counting Logs

Counting Logs

After Inspection He Just Saunters Off

After Inspection He Just Saunters Off

The sheep move in and clear off all the leaves which make moving the branches much easier.

Zwartbles Sheep Stripping the Leaves

Zwartbles Sheep Stripping the Leaves

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