Scottish forestry and woodland news

Felling an unusually large Sitka Spruce

17 May 2013  post by Nick Marshall

This spring we decided to take down some large Sitka Spruce trees that have been growing behind the house at Baddinsgill.  These trees have been allowed to get far too big and have been dominating everything and cutting out a lot of light from the house and garden.

Here are some pictures of the largest tree being felled and extracted.

This monster, at more than 40 metres tall and 1.5 metres across at the base, took some careful cutting and winching to lay it in the one gap suitable for it to land.

The next problem was reccovering the timber, in useable chunks, to a point at which it could be uplifted and taken to the one sawmill in the area capable of  cutting it. This job fell to the digger and a big chain, which enabled a bit of stacking of the mammoth logs.

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  • Cutting the gob to control the direction of fell. Cutting the gob to control the direction of fell.
  • Surveying the base of tree to ensure appropriate control. Surveying the base of tree to ensure appropriate control.
  • Removing the gigantic gob. Removing the gigantic gob.
  • Spot Steve and Craig... Spot Steve and Craig...
  • ...a little closer to help you spot them. ...a little closer to help you spot them.
  • On the ground and time for a quick break and a relax On the ground and time for a quick break and a relax
  • Counting the rings - something over 100... Counting the rings - something over 100...
  • Dragging the butt out with our digger. Dragging the butt out with our digger.
  • Stacking the massive logs ready for uplift. Stacking the massive logs ready for uplift.