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Elm Tree at St. Ann's - soon to be felled
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Elm Tree at St. Ann's - soon to be felled

Sadly, this is a view you won't be able to see for much longer. The roots of this fine-canopied Elm tree have apparently sprung and it is now a danger to nearby buildings, so it is due for careful felling in the near future. Hopefully a smaller tree will be planted there soon to fill the gap.

A post-felling photo will be added later so you can see the before and after.
Picture added on 20 August 2012 at 14:02
Having lived under this Scots Wych Elm for 30 years now I for one will not be sorry to see it come down. Apart from the nuisance that a tree that size causes to nearby buildings, through seeds and leaves chocking gutters, I've yet to be convinced that mature trees like this add rather than detract from the street-scape of a town like Cromarty.

However have no worries about its replacement. It's been a particularly fecund Elm in all the time I've lived in Cromarty, and Harry's Garden has a number of self seeded replacement's - one a few yards away - already racing to replace the parent.

There is also a native woodland in North Sutherland, next to my Parents Croft House, that has benefited from 30 years of self seeded elm's being transplanted there from the Garden of Albion House, planted under elderly Wych Elms also reaching the end of their natural lives.

Hugh Fife's 1978 book "The lore of Highland trees" had a fasinating chapter on the Wych Elm and the trees relationship with Cromarty and the Northern Black Isle.
Added by Calum Davidson on 26 August 2012
Have made many items of furniture in Wych Elm over the year. There is a beautiful green veining running through the timber that shows well - more colour than English Elm. Have lived at no.62 in the 50's/60's and remember a smallish tree there.
Added by DSM on 27 August 2012
This page and photograph was brought to my attention on Wednesday. Mr Dunn is clearly privy to more information than I am. If he could tell me when and how the tree is to come down I would be delighted.

I find Calum Davidson's comments altogether more pertinent, sincere and helpful. If and when the tree comes down - and to help Mr Dunn get over his sadness - I will gladly give him a sapling to put in his garden. I think DSM is right too, I gather the wood is very good for carving - I once saw a big spoon.
Added by Harry Dedecker on 14 September 2012
Hi Harry. I'd been told the tree was to come down by the partner of the tree surgeon you'd asked to cost the job. Is this incorrect, and the tree not due for felling?

As to Calum's comment, it may indeed be more pertinent (though I strongly disagree with his opinion) but not more sincere ;). Thanks for the offer of a seedling, but I currently have no space to fit one in my small garden between my existing rowan, elder, serviceberry, hawthorn, plum, cherry and apple trees.
Added by Colin Dunn on 14 September 2012
What was the reason for building these houses Back to back? Was this to keep out the snow? Maybe there was a shortage of land closer to the sea
Added by Fiona Moreland on 29 April 2013
The cream coloured house had a good sized garden that extended to small cottages on the shore road. The white coloured house sat in an area not much bigger than it's footprint.
Added by DSM on 27 January 2016
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