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March 27, 2011

Clearing Trees

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Darren & Malcolm @ 9:52 am

Meet Eric a French itinerant tree climber and tree cutter.  In the mid 1960’s a Florentine family bought Casa Verde and replanted and restocked the terraced land.  The planting included four pine trees among other such trees that formed the amphitheatre at this end of Vellano.  Sadly, partly through neglect of the land, partly through drought and age these trees have died and have become unsafe so they needed to be felled.  The question was how to do it?

Eric, in the space of three hours cut down these four trees by climbing the trunks with a rope and crampons, cutting away the lower branches on his way up then cutting the large trunks from the top down.  This was achieved with an amazing degree of skill, speed and efficency.  Now our view from the house is even better! We plan in the next few years to plant more olive and fruit trees.  To restore the ‘campi’ to their original full and plentiful state.

It is one year since we arrived here in Vellano, and the seasons have come full circle.  In many ways it feels as if we have lived here for longer,  but in other ways the year has been full and fast moving and we have achieved a great deal.  We are looking forward to a new season of holiday visitors and we have already received guests from Texas a few weeks ago.  We also look forward to brilliant sunny days and balmy star filled evenings.


  1. I assume you both went up the trees too !

    Comment by Kay and Yong — April 22, 2011 @ 11:52 am

  2. We most certainly didn’t climb those trees but we did clear them away, after about three weeks.

    Comment by Malcolm Coward — April 22, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

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