A team of lumberjacks and a large mobile crane, under contract to the Vale of Glamorgan Council, set to work this morning to begin clearing, pollarding, and coppicing the trees and natural habitat on the escarpment along Penarth Portway.
The crane is parked in the Western half of the car park whilst the lumberjacks themselves – suspended with rock-climber’s ropes – are working with chain saws on the almost vertical incline above .
The lumberjacks are in constant radio contact with the contractor’s supervisor on the ground – but still rely on traditional hand-signals to convey instructions to the crane driver.
Each section of tree is attached to a chains from the crane jib before it is sliced through by the chain saws and lowered to the ground.
Large trunks and branches are being sawn up into smaller sections on the ground – whilst smaller branches are being reduced to sawdust on site.The company ESA Tree Care is a different contractor from the one which carried out the December 2014 clearance on the slope above the Quay Marina boatyard.
One by-stander said whatever his views of the felling operation might be, he saluted the skill and dexterity of the lumberjacks carrying out the work .