In Taking a Chainsaw to my Green Ideals I wrote about the need to cut down three trees to install a new livestock-proof front fence. We have had our new fence for a while now, and we are very pleased with it. We employed a local fencer to do the job, and he was thorough, fast and expert at his craft.
It’s a great pity that one of the three trees was so large. We have many small trees on our property, and much fewer of this size, so it was a beautiful large healthy tree we valued. We were legally able to cut down more than three trees, but we chose to only cut those that were in the path of the fence line itself. Altough I was upset about cutting down any of the trees, you can see from the way the wire runs right through the middle of the large tree stump that it was necessary. This large stump immediately abbuts another tree, which is the reason we left it intact – otherwise we would have had to remove the abutting tree as well.
Having lived with the new front fence for a while, the front yard is still beautifully treed, we have a secure front fence and we have some firewood for next Winter. We also haven’t had any stray dogs on our land since it was erected.