Next to go was the enormous silver birch. Not only was this tree too close to the house, it had rotten sections in its trunk and branches and grew at an odd angle, posing a real danger to the house and passers by.
The end result was terrific. We could finally see the house! It made the whole street look a lot better too. We saved some of the logs to burn in our future wood-burner, some went to a neighbour and the rest to various people driving past who stopped to ask if they could take some away.