tree pollarding

Across Europe I see a lot of pollarded trees¬†(what’s a pollard?) to fit into an limited space or more often, to extend the life of the tree as an important element of the city or rural landscape.

Prague castle

Prague castle pollards

I always hope to catch other gardeners in the act when taking a winter walk around the ¬†neighborhood so I can use the cut branches for a project requiring fresh, green wood, but this hasn’t happened yet.

The Dutch are masters at pollarding their willow trees along the “sloten” or thin canals which criss cross the flat land. I look forward to seeing their familiar¬†silhouettes during our upcoming visit.