The day started fairly early with clearing the car park so that an exceedingly large crane could squeeze it's way through the gates as a preamble to dismantling the diseased oak by the entrance.
Limb by limb it was taken carefully apart, lowered to the ground, and shredded, piled for firewood or parked for carving according to size. Steve the carver will be along soon to take a look at the sections and at the remaining trunk which, predictably, we've left at a suitable height for carving.
The biggest sections, weighing between 3 and 4 tons, went off with the team. Plan is to run them through a sawmill when we know what we want to make out of them - other than 'something for the garden'.