This picture was taken early 1977 at Culzean Castle when
the Silver Firs which once lined Silver Avenue were being felled. Many of
the these trees were deemed to be unsafe due to a condition known as
"heart rot". As a result, they had to come down, just in case they fell on
a member of the public. Many of the trees were in excess of 150 years old
and many were more that 8 feet in diameter.
The largest tree which was located near the Camelia House,
was nearer to 12 feet in diameter. This particular tree need to be
quartered before being transported to the sawmill. The trees were replaced
by Silver Limes in order to keep the association with Silver Avenue. The
picture shows the forestry workers burning the "brash" from the felled
trees. Photo and text contributed by Davie Law.
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