Is this a tree or a stump?
Aarrgghh. This is why I work in the boondocks. Very little contact with the bureaucratic BS intended to tell everyone how to do what three people have decided will be best.
Many thanks Bill C for putting me straight, have just labelled them "Pollarded tree" on my topo and feeling very smart!
A significant fraction of the state was hit with major storms on Friday or Friday night. Power company workers are still working. The town where Mrs. Cow teaches took a direct hit. Many trees are now both trees and stumps. The tree portion is spread out across the yard/vehicle/house/garage/Sheryl's She Shed. The root ball and the main trunk is somewhere between 40 and 90 degrees from straight up. It was sad to note such a really big tree went down in the nearby cemetery. It landed on numerous headstones. I was surprised to see that great-great granny was NOT hanging from the roots where they had overlapped an old grave based on the position of the headstone. The school property lost two very big trees and one of the four light poles serving the football field. By some miracle, that pole and the lights barely missed hitting one end of the bleachers and a school bus. A couple of the light fixtures stopped bouncing about 80 feet from top (now end) of the pole. Missed the bus by no more than two feet.
We were much more fortunate here. I lost a cottonwood tree that was probably a sapling when the Government surveyors rolled by in 1865. A second one of similar size about 20 feet away is still standing, though.
I’m glad that SurveyorConnectors enjoyed learning about pollarding. Seeing old, pollarded trees is something I’ve enjoyed when traveling in Europe. Other interesting European pruning and training techniques include coppicing (and see related term “copse”) and espalier.