Something we could never imagine has been written down in an article in the newspaper Ouest France of septembre 24thhttp://www.ouest-france.fr/lif-du-cimetiere-plus-que-millenaire-sera-abattu-2854054
A beautiful yewtree that is part of the remarkable repertoire of the Conseil General (C.A.U.E.), will disappear very soon. Before winter, from this yewtree, aged above a millennium, growing in the cemetery,there will nothing left but the memory and photos. The venerable tree has become dangerous.
A great disaster for the community. This yew, placed close to the tombstones, near to the church has seen many parishioners, year after year, strolling under its branches. What did happen to the tree? On august 19th, explains Pierre Pitrey, the mayor of Mongardon, a survey has been carried out by a company, specialized in arboriculture and city forestry. This yew tree shows very bad machanical defects on its stem and its rootcollar.
In simplified language: this yew tree is hollow and multiple cracks at and around the trunk threaten the direct environment of the tree. Verdict: He should be killed, for the security of people and property. The paperwork is being prepared for slaughter by professional pruners, as it will not be easy to cut this tree down. The veteran tree is located very close to the to the church and cemetery. This will be costly for the municipality, approximately € 3,500, between diagnosis and slaughter: and its beautiful foliage and trunk will end for disposal.
This is a tree with a circumference of more as 9 metres.
The yew , with and estimated age, between 1000 and 1200 he was honored in 2005 as a remarkable tree of Le Manche department, and listed as such by the C.A.U.E. Its circumference is 9 to 10 m, it has a height of 9 m and a crown of 11 m circumference. Its powerful trunk is leaning heavily, but seems stopped from falling by a tombstone, slipped under the bulge of the trunk, which seems to help keep the tree in balance.
The reaction of Les Tétars arboricols:http://lestetardsarboricoles.fr/wordpress/2014/09/26/lif-mongardon-en-sursis-manche/
This millenium old yew tree would become dangerous?! And the only solution would be to cut it down ?! I am totally appalled at how we condemn this ancestor which, I quote, " its beautiful foliage and trunk will end for disposal " ...
Call the city hall to try to influence this absurd and expeditious decision: 02 33 46 04 65
It is indeed sad that during the course of many centuries, only one action of single human is necessary to end a tree's life.
we are really not that far yet. I have the idea that people in France are ready to fighth for this tree.
So I have made my statement on the site where French people can read it. I think that's more productive than ststing opinions among us..
I shall forward this conversation to Tim Hills, who runs the website www.ancient-yew.org
and who has years of experience in campaigning to protect ancient yews when they get condemned by ignorant consultants. He may want to offer his help to a campaign to save this tree, if he's not already aware of the threat to it.