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Another view from the village of Saint-Romain-de-Benet.

A number of you have remarked on the strangely shaped trees to be seen in this village and indeed in many other towns and villages in France. This is the result of an annual spring pruning of the upper branches using a technique called pollarding.

Pollarding is a pruning technique that has been used for many years for various different reasons, including:

Preventing trees outgrowing their allotted space
Maintaining trees at a desired uniform height
Reducing the shade cast by a tree
Preventing electric wires and street lights being obstructed

Pollarding is only carried out on certain types of trees. It is most likely that these are plane trees, though I am no expert.

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Additional Photos by Stephen Nunney (snunney) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6111 W: 61 N: 17754] (79973)
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