At 10am on October 23 2008, tree surgeon Alan Rowland felled the gallery's tallest tree the Swamp Cypress or Taxodium Distichum to give it its Latin title.
The tree was originally planted around 160 years ago but in recent years had started to die, posing a danger to the gallery and its visitors.
However, this is not the end for the Swamp Cypress and the legacy of the tree will live on as the wood is to be offered to sculptors to make attractive seats for the Gallery’s garden. In addition, another swamp cypress has already been planted nearby, already standing at 5 feet tall.
Dreamy Dulwich village was recently filled with the smell of petrol fumes and the churning growls of a chainsaw.
The Swamp Cypress tree (pictured) in the garden of Dulwich Picture Gallery has been felled.
It was so sad to see the tree go, but it was for the best. At such great height (well over 100 feet) and with a nasty rot problem inside its trunk, it was decided best for the Gallery building and its visitors to remove the tree.
Everyone was surprised to see it come down so quickly - executed by tree surgeons in just minutes.
The tree was thought to be around 160 years old. Alas, due to the rot in the centre of the trunk we are not now able to count all the rings and get a better idea of its age. Read more.