In Ye Olde Colonial Williamsburg, we found some curious trees.These are pollarded Sycamores. They’ve been pruned back in the canopy to promote denser branching and foliage, and to control height and reach (good for urban areas). The practice is at least two millennia old. The English brought it with them to the Virginia colony.Rather Entish in silhouette, eh?
Somewhere in here I also wrote about coppicing, another tree-management strategy. Ah, here it is!

1 Response to “Pollarding”

  1. 1 Peggy Herron April 11, 2017 at 9:44 am

    They are doing this to the young London Planes in front of the Met .i noticed them yesterday .

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