Kensington Palace Garden planes

Kensington Palace Garden planes

We were offered two beautiful old London plane trees which were felled on London's richest street - Kensington Palace Gardens. Rot had set into their trunks and there was a danger they might fall in high wind.

With average house prices in the region of £35 million, Kensington Palace Gardens is home to royalty, diplomats and the fabulously wealthy.

We were lucky enough to be offered two London planes there which were being felled in February 2023. Both trees looked healthy, but surveys conducted by tree specialists had revealed that basal rot had set into the lower trunks, substantially weakening the trees and making them at risk of falling in strong winds. 

The planes were felled by a team of tree surgeons over the course of half a day. We were on hand to ensure the stem lengths and cuts made were best suited for milling into boards. We also oversaw the loading of the huge trunks onto a single articulated lorry which we had hired for the day.

Tree felling is very much a spectator sport and we got to talk to embassy staff, policemen, armed guards (outside the Israeli embassy), and many other passers by. It's always exciting to watch the tree surgeon teams at work, dangling on ropes, high above the street, chainsaws buzzing!  

The planes are due to be milled in March 2023 and should be air dried within 9-12 months, ready to enjoy their second lives as furniture.

Tree surgeons at work high above Kensington Palace Gardens

Tree surgeons trimming tree in Kensington Park Gardens

London plane trunks on the lorry, with the French embassy in the background.

Felled London plane tree with French embassy in background

Basal rot is clearly evident at the base of this tree milled close to the Israeli Embassy

Felled London plane tree with basal rot

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