The top twenty feet of the tree stands above you with a pull rope attached under tension, and you have made your directional 'gob' cut - a wedge cut out of the stem, a quarter to a third of the way through, that enables a 'hinge' of wood to determine, to some extent, which direction the top section of the tree will fall once the final back cut has been made.
Ben Trevor, otherwise known as the Tree Top Troubadour, has been an arborist for over ten years and a musician for over twenty. His two occupations combined in a wonderful way in 2012, when he started performing gigs at the tops of very tall trees to raise money and awareness for cancer research and tree conservation charities. In our latest Tentsile People blog, we talk to Ben about his life, his work and the trees that make him tick.
Richard Symonds is an artist, tree climber and friend of Tentsile who spends his days variously painting up trees, working on commissions to support charities, and getting outdoors as much as possible. We spoke to him recently to ask for inspiration and information for artists, conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts, and his answers didn’t disappoint.