Saturday, 18 November 2017

Goodbye Leylandii - Part One

There was a leylandii growing in the corner of my garden when I first moved here many, many moons ago. About twelve years ago I had it topped with about one third of its height being removed. After that it started to spread as well as finding new sections to continue its upward growth. The time had come to let some light in that part of the garden and relieve some of my anxiety when watching it wave and clatter in strong winds. To that end I contracted a local company, Green Cuts, to reduce it down to a stump.

For part one here is a time-lapse video of two and a half days hard graft:

I now have to sort out some real time video I took along with some still photos.

I had set up an old Canon 350D in the kitchen fitted with an 8GB card and connected it to a Canon mains unit which replaced the battery so I wouldn't have to worry about it running out of power. An external timer was set to take a photo every twenty seconds. The resulting 1866 photos were made, 100 at a time, into video clips using Time Lapse Assembler. This is a very simple app for the Mac though I don't know whether it will work with the latest version of OS X. Finally those video clips were put together in iMovie to produce the finished time-lapse.

Sound track is my own composition which I call Thumper.

If the video doesn't play here than this link should take you to it on YouTube:


  1. What a brilliant video - enjoyed watching the progress :)

    We had a huge eucalpytus cut down in our garden a few months ago - we didn't realise when we planted it years ago that they had such shallow roots and every time there was a gale I was really starting to worry it would come down! Just a stump left now - it did cost a fortune to have removed though although hopefully worth it now the anxiety has gone every time the wind picks up!!!

  2. Not only will it let some light in it will also free up some garden. Great video.

  3. Terrific time-lapse! They did a great job.

  4. Great time-lapse video of the tree coming down. That will make a huge difference in that part of the garden. I hope you have some individual photos of how it was actually brought down - please!

  5. Great job. It amazes me that folk still plant these horrors.


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