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Collecting tree shoot material – Alice Holt
Forestry Memories
No: 3946   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1953
Collecting tree shoot material – Alice Holt

Photograph is courtesy and copyright of Forestry Commission, Forest Research, Roslin, and provided with help from Glen Brearley. FR Photo number No C1027 taken by I A Anderson.

A good image of branchlets for vegetative propagation, in this case of Sequoia sempervirens, being collected the hard way with a very long high pruner.
Picture added on 27 February 2018 at 11:33
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This type of high pruner was created by attaching a normal pruning head to a set of aluminium poles which were originally used for poking out squirrel dreys in an attempt to control the population. The poles were in sections which clicked together and could be dismantled by pressing a button which released the spring thus any length of high pruner could be created but the longer it got the more difficult it became to secure the shoot you required in the cutting part of the mechanism.
The cutting action could be motivated by pulling the rope sharply downwards and if you were lucky the shoot fell to the ground if not poking tactics had to be employed to release the shoot and let it fall to the ground.

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