We had a man come round to give us a quote at ten thirty and two hours later the tree was gone. We were dithering about whether to have it removed or just lopped but removal seemed the best thing. It was far too big for our garden really and was also a bit diseased. But looking at it gone, and remembering its beauty when full of yellowy green leaves, I feel really sad. I did love it. We are not very decisive as a rule and it all happened too quickly to really think too much about-though we have been kind of pondering for a while. It did make our 86 year old neighbour Joe very happy, which is good, and it does actually make the garden look much bigger. The men who did the job tried to get us to let them remove all the ivy, do the fence and the shed roof all today. We resisted their pressure sales technique and will continue to do so. The ivy is home to the birds. The tree had one nest but I think it was empty.