Hi All, I live in a small midlands village and am active in our community association. About 5 years ago we were given a 'posh' ( not bog standard Norway Spruce) Christmas tree to plant in a quite high separate raised bed in front of our village hall. Its about 6 foot away from the building and is now reaching the level of the flat roof about 10 foot high, it looks healthy and beautiful. Unfortunately at the committee meeting last night there were one or two cries for it to be chopped down as they thought it would eventually get too tall and wide and disturb the foundations of the hall. I have asked that as it was a donation from the gardening club and decorated with lights it makes a nice Christmas feature for the village it should just be pruned, and I volunteered to do it to save it from being butchered. Does anyone know the best way to do this - I thought I would cut off the growing tip and perhaps reduce the width in proportion to the height if it starts getting too wide for its height. Would this be sufficient and is now the best time to do it?
Really I'm angry that people cannot see the beauty in this fairly small tree and would prefer a plain brick planter filled with tulips so I'm grinding my teeth and hope the compromise will work.