For the last thirty years a sightly chestnut tree had been growing in our front yard. Its blossoms delighted us during spring time and the conkers did so in autumn.

But last summer in a bad windstorm part of the treetop was torn apart like matches. This seriously damaged the tree's stability, and soon after the remaining branches broke off, too. With a heavy heart we decided to cut the tree down to its healthy trunk, hoping that it would grow again...

And now it seems to have worked. Strong and healthy sprouts shoot from the old wood. Hopefully they have enough foothold to carry the new crown.