Couetilliec Chronicles

Pollarding Veteran Oak Trees

Pollarding Veteran Oak Trees

In Brittany, France it is traditional for field boundary trees, predominantly Oak, to be pollarded, of which there are many at Couetilliec. Pollarded trees can often live to a great age as it limits the trees’ height and spread, which means they can better survive storm damage, especially when they are perched on field boundary walls.

This year 2 more of our veteran Oaks were re-pollarded which has produced a mountain (well a small hill) of wood for logs. Give it another 25 years and they will need doing again!  All branches had to be lowered, in a controlled manner, as the sand filter for the fosse system is under the lawn! And, the chicken’s enclosure is located immediately behind the trees.


  • our chicken’s enclosure remains intact as does the fosse system
  • the Oak trees should remain standing, continuing to provide a micro-habitat rich in biodiversity; Oak support more lifeforms than any other native tree species – there are 100s of insect species associated with English (oops) European Oak
  • Brittany Woodland Products will have a few additional trailer loads of logs to sell 18 months from now
  • Guests can now view a pin sharp TV picture – sans interruption! 
CarlPollarding Veteran Oak Trees

Chainsaw servicing and sharpening

Chainsaw servicing and sharpening

We have our fleet of chainsaws to service, repair and keep their chains razor sharp. I would like a different chainsaw for each day of the week. Although, senior management says that four is already more than enough! Reliability wise, I rate Stihl’s forestry range of chainsaws as second to none. However, from time to time its good to see and use chainsaws developed for occasional usage. We were contacted by a prospective client asking if we serviced and sharpened chainsaws; later that day two chainsaws were dropped-off at Couetilliec.

The MTD was pristine, apart from its chain which looked like it had never seen a drop of chain oil and had met a hard object at speed; either stone or metal. On removing the oil tank cap the tank was bone dry. Fortunately, after a bit of tlc the chain was again serviceable. I was presently surprised when I tested this saw for an hour; it easily coped with crosscutting enough hardwood logs to fill the link box on my trusted Massey Ferguson 130. Unsurprisingly, the Bosch electric chainsaw was happiest cutting hardwood logs up-to 6″ diameter.

Contact us if you would like your chainsaw serviced and or chained sharpened.

CarlChainsaw servicing and sharpening

Signs by David

Handcrafted Oak Signs

Beautiful handcrafted oak signs by David made from our seasoned European Oak heartwood to your own design to last a lifetime. Of France’s native tree species, European Oak’s heartwood, has the best natural durability; notwithstanding the wood’s stunning figure infused with medullary rays.

Contact us if you would like to commission a bespoke sign, plaque or nameplate.

CarlSigns by David