Photographer's Note

Civrac-de-Blaye is a rural commune in Haute-Gironde. Its population of around 750 is spread over a number of small hamlets as well as the small village that gives the commune its name. Its economy revolves around wine making, mixed farming, animal breeding and forestry.

A view of the well kept cemetery at Civrac-de-Blaye, which stands next to the church. I like the long perspective between the ranks of silent tombs towards the stand of pollarded trees just beyond the cemetery wall.

For those who are interested, some trivia from Wikipedea on why trees are pollarded:

“Pollarding is a woodland management method of encouraging lateral branches by cutting off a tree stem or minor branches two or three metres above ground level. The tree is then allowed to regrow after the initial cutting, but once begun, pollarding requires regular maintenance by pruning. This will eventually result in a somewhat expanded (or swollen) top to the tree trunk with multiple new side and top shoots growing from it.

A tree that has been pollarded is known as a pollard. A tree which has been allowed to grow without being cut as a pollard (or coppice stool) is called a maiden or maiden tree, which also refers to the fact that pollarding is normally first undertaken when the tree is quite young. Pollarding older trees may result in the death of the tree, especially if there are no branches below the cut, or the tree is of an inappropriate species. Pollarding is sometimes abused in attempts to curb the growth of older or taller trees. However, when performed properly it is useful in the practice of arboriculture for tree management.

Pollard trees may attain much greater ages than maiden trees, because they are maintained in a partially juvenile state, and they do not have the weight and windage of the top part of the tree. Older pollards often become hollow, and so can be difficult to age accurately. Pollards tend to grow more slowly than maiden trees, with narrower growth rings in the years immediately after cutting.

Pollards cut at only about a metre or so above the ground are called stubs or stubbs. These were often used as markers in coppice or other woodland.”

This is the last picture in this short series from Civrac-de-Blaye. I hope you have enjoyed it.

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