Around Mid-Winters Day we pollarded the plane tree that lives in The Main Courtyard. Since then we have been waiting to see how it will come back after such a vigorous pruning.
Over the intervening four months, the trunks and branches continued to thivcken and the bark began decortication. In the last two weeks, the pollarded tree has produced masses of new shoots. Success.
The tree will now be pruned each winter to maintained this structure. Over time the pollard will develop into a magnificent sculptural feature as well as providing much needed mid-summer shade just where and when it needed. Pollarding is a technique we will explore further in these gardens along with our increasing emphasis on espaliers, topiary and niwaki.