The good news is that, after an exhaustive search, we have at last found a piece of stone suitable for the site of the famous Big Tree on the corner of Bell Lane and Middle Road. The stone is Welsh Pennant sandstone – very similar in appearance to local Blue Lias but with better structural properties
The photo below shows the stone at the quarry near Swansea – but it has recently been transported to a site in the village ready for installation.
The stone itself is about 3m (10 ft) high, 0.8m (2ft 8 in) wide and 0.6m (2ft) deep. A significant part of the stone will be submerged in the foundations leaving about 1.8m (6ft) above ground. It weighs about 4 tons so installation needs to be handled carefully.
Installation will take place over the coming weeks, the main steps being:
Excavation of the installation area inside the stone surround - completed
Foundation work (dependant on what excavation reveals) - completed
Positioning and setting of the stone
Mounting of the white Portland stone Elm tree relief plaque
Finishing and planting in surround
Watch this space for more details.