In this photo Tony is looking very serious as he is deciding what to do! Some radical pruning is needed and it is also a great opportunity to make the conifer smaller!
This conifer was planted over 30 years ago. 'Ellwoodii' is rather unusual in that its normal shape is due to upwardly-growing branches making multiple cone-shaped columns. For many years maintaining the cone shape and size of the conifer has been successfully achieved by careful pruning of the columns once every year or two.
However, the upwardly-growing branches of the Ellwoodii are more prone to snow damage than most conifers. After several heavy snow falls in recent months it has become untidy.
Not only that, in recent years, despite regular minor pruning, the conifer had slowly become slightly larger than we wanteder.