Photo Friday: Pollarding

DSC_0157 In Europe, pollarding trees is a fairly common practice. Here in France, this was one of the first differences in the landscape that really struck me. Above, this is a picture of a tree along my walk to the bus stop. Essentially, pollarding is a pruning technique used for various reasons: to keep trees a certain height (as I believe is the case here, since this tree is below a wire) and to produce various sorts of new growth (depending on how frequently the tree is pruned, new growth will grow in different ways, making the resultant wood ideal for fodder or fence posts or other uses).

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