Our first attempt to clear the dead – and therefore potentially dangerous – birches from the car park area was on the evening of Monday 13th, but this was called to a halt by wasps which took an exception to their home being shaken up by the chain saw. Last Friday we returned and managed to fell the tree in question. Two other trees which needed felling were amongst the dense rhododendron and we had to hack our way through this to reach the trees in question. From the growth of bracket fungus, they seemed to have been dead for some years and so it proved to be. Given that both could have fallen onto the car park area, it was right to remove them. The photo below shows Howard working through the Rhodi with the dead tree visible in the centre.