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The development of The Glenbrook Pine

    The "Glenbrook Pine" was acquired from the Glenbrook Nursery, near Bristol in 2010.

    This is what It looked like when I first saw it in April;

 

     and when I got it home in July 2010......

    By July 2011,   I was able to build up the foliage density..........

 

    In September 2012 the tree was shown at the BTA traders show in Sheffield. This is what it looked     like when I got it home...........................................

 

However, by September 2013, I felt the foliage was to dense. I took it to a workshop with Mark Nolanders.  I asked him to take the tree to the next level.  He suggested that I should remove the lowest horizontal branch and to open out but compact the foliage.

 

 

    It took me over an hour to be persuaded, but then the saw came out.... and the branch came off.

 

      Marc showed me what to do.........

 

      and after about 8 hours wiring and thinning the foliage, the tree looked like this.........

 

      Somebody noticed that the shape of the Jin where we had removed the branch looked like a duck       in flight.  The name has stuck...............

 

 

      The tree has now been renamed - "The Glenbrook Duck".

 

      Here is a comparison - before and after the Nolanders treatment !

 

 

By October 2015 the tree had grown well and I continued to push the foliage back closer  the trunk.  However I noticed that I has lost a branch on the right hand side. 

 

The only real option was to remove the dead needles and jin the branch.

The Jin is obvious when you see it close up .......

 But from a distance it barely noticeable.

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