The first things to note are:
a) these trees were due to be cut down completely,
b) instead we coppiced them at 5 metres,
c) these trees are fairly indestructible – witness the new growth on 9 out of 10 trees,
d) these trees are ‘weeds’, ie an imported species that spreads uncontrollably.
The trees were deliberately planted at nice 2m spacing, but off to the sides you can see growth from many new seedlings. Again, if you cut down the seedling the roots survive and grow a new tree!
By carving out recesses to support the cross beams the load is transferred to the tree and not carried by the steel pins.
Although the trees were planted in a curve and are not of equal girth we are aiming for 90 degree corners to make the wall construction simpler.
The load is passed down to the tree through the cross beams and braces.
Doggy picture …