The landmark ‘Tree in the Bay’ willow needs to be cut back (coppiced), as recent inspections have revealed that its base has started to decay and become unstable. Specialist tree surgeons from Cardiff Council’s Park Services department will be carrying out the work in early February.
The willow is the fastest growing native tree in the UK and the tradition of coppicing has been carried out for centuries. Undertaken during the winter months when the tree is dormant, the technique promotes the growth of strong, healthy young shoots in the spring. This procedure will protect the historic tree from further damage and ensure it continues to thrive for years to come.