Local Heart, Global Soul

January 22, 2019

When A Tree Goes Out On A Limb, And Needs To Take The Weight Off…

You know a tree is old when you see thick branches like this one has. I have no idea why this tree has rather literally “branched out” so far, it’s amazing that it’s survived as long as this with the weight of this branch extending so far. So now that this tree has gone “out on a limb” and clearly overreached itself, it’s time to give it a helping hand (or in this case, a steel support). With it’s own little cradle to fit the tree, this steel support saves the tree from toppling over, never mind in strong winds or stormy conditions, even a clear fine day may have been too much for this branch one day. So basically, when a tree goes out on a limb, branches out and over extends itself, we need to help it take the weight off…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. So glad they care about their trees there!

    Comment by Nan Mykel — June 28, 2019 @ 1:32 am | Reply

    • Nan,
      This tree is probably several hundred years old so has an extra level of protected status. That said you can’t jut cut a tree down here in NL, even in your own garden, you have to get permission from the local gemeente (city council) because they want to country to stay as green as possible.

      It’s a good thing I think, if you have good reason lik the tree is sick then they will come and check and it’s probably it’s fine. It stops people extending the concrete jungle and eliminating trees that help against flooding, erosion etc. Of course there are the stories where after a huge storm where many trees have come down naturally, that people have whipped out a chainsaw and “helped” a “damaged” tree to be fully felled, because it grew too big in their garden but luckily that’s not too common.

      The Netherlands is a small country with a large population so trees and green spaces really do need protection, especially slow growing, deep rooted plants like trees which make a big difference when it comes to flood control. In this case I like that local and national government helps keep the country green.

      Comment by kiwidutch — June 28, 2019 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

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