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Tuesday, 02 February 2010

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Charlie

I don't own a boat but I hope to one day. I've got to say as someone who has worked in woodland I'm surprised they allow Crack willow to grow on canal banks so much. It's named crack willow for the very reason it grows cracks falls and then grows again as part of it's cycle. As part of research into owning a boat which I hope to one day I look at the safety requirements that I would be expected to follow which seem pretty stringent yet Crack willow overhanging a canal I would argue was quite dangerous why don't they keep it down to manageable sizes.

Max Sinclair

Willow trees have no place on canal banks, they suck up considerable volumes of water and when they fall the root balls tear out a large hole.
The old canal engineers kept the banks clear of all growth except turf.

Clive Field

"British Waterways has a dynamic management system"

Shome mishtake surely????

Clive at Saul

Andrew Denny

Willow also stores itself automatically on your narrowboat roof!

Halfie

Iain, in my experience willow burns very well. In our woodburner it gave a good heat, even better than ash.

Jess

The pictures are here:

http://gallery.nslm.org/main.php?g2_itemId=2942

Jess

This also happened to me, although it was a white popular. I was eating breakfast and heard this strange noise outside, so went to look. As I was looking, half of the tree spun and fell onto the boat directly above the window I was looking out of .. I nearly had a heart attack! Fortunately very little damage was done - just some scratched paint.

iain smith

apparently willow is rubbish for burning,very good for drainage.

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