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Forsyth House Sycamore Tree doomed
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Forsyth House Sycamore Tree doomed

Sadly, the very large Sycamore tree on the left is to be felled in the next few days due to extensive rot. Regarded by many as a weed, sycamore trees grown singly can be very fine, stately trees, and this one will be much missed once gone. The Lime tree to its right is also going to be reduced in size by sensible pruning, as, after the sycamore has gone, it will be vulnerable to stronger winds. I'll take another picture when the deed is done so you can compare before and after. (See picture #2785)

Nick at Forsyth House is seeking suggestions for a new tree to replace the sycamore. I'd suggest one of the following - an apple tree for blossom in the Spring and fruit in the Autumn, a Rowan for flowers in Spring, berries in summer, crimson foliage in the Autumn and general excellent support of wildlife, a Silver Birch for light leaf shade in the Spring and lovely red colouring in the Autumn, or, if something grander is needed, then a Swedish Whitebeam like the one beside the library.
Picture added on 17 August 2010 at 16:29
Thanks for letting us know about it, Colin. In far off 50s childhood days I amused myself for hours around its great trunk. It already had these rotten, water filled holes in it that are common on sycamores. On recent visits to Cromarty I was glad to see it still there. I've never felt so sad about the death of a tree.
Added by Christopher Hart on 22 August 2010
My Mum Isobel MacKenzie lived in Laurel House just up the road. She remembers the tree. Her preference is for an apple tree.
Added by Fiona Macleod on 03 December 2010
I agree with you Christopher ... how sad ... great memories !!! an icon at the end of High Street !!
Added by John Macdonald on 07 December 2010
What was the sycamore tree replaced with at Forsyth House?
Added by Fiona Macleod on 12 January 2011
Nothing so far. It's much too cold to plant anything ;)
Added by Colin on 12 January 2011
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