Iron Tree at Hammond Castle

Iron Tree Supports Recent Renovations at Hammond Castle in Gloucester, MA

Iron Tree Service was honored to have recently supported renovation efforts at Gloucester’s Hammond Castle Museum by providing professional tree removal and pruning services.

Restoration of the original 1920’s wire glass clerestory over the museum’s courtyard began in 2019, but as the work progressed, it became evident that additional repairs were needed, namely, to remedy previously unknown decay and rot in the roof rafters, skylight curb, and rust in the metal framework. Unfortunately, the layout of the courtyard, while elegant, left little room to conduct the extensive repairs required. Additionally, there were a number of old trees that were overdue for trimming and, in one case, removal. That’s where Iron Tree Service came in. We were contacted by representatives of the museum who were looking for tree service experts to remove a large tree in the central courtyard.

The dimensions of the enclosure and the unique history of the castle meant that the tree care professionals selected would have to be especially delicate in their approach and take special care not to damage any of the existing structures in the congested yard. It also precluded the use of heavy machinery or cranes to assist in the removal efforts, limiting our crews to the use of smaller hand tools such as battery operated chainsaws and leaf blowers. Fortunately, Iron Tree Service has both the experts and expertise to handle jobs like this. The history of the castle, coupled with its importance to the community, made the nature of the project all the more personal. And with funding for the restoration efforts having been provided primarily by public grants, Iron Tree chose to donate its services, free of charge.

“The Clerestory is the most challenging and exciting physical plant construction project we have embarked upon in 25 years.” — Linda Harvey, executive director, Hammond Castle.

From large projects to small for tree removal, tree pruning or cabling and bracing, Iron Tree Service has earned a reputation for excellent service that few companies can rival. Whether you have a line of trees with roots that are threatening the security of your home’s foundation, or just need an old growth tree taken from the courtyard at your family’s castle, call us, we would be glad to help you too.

Completion of the Clerestory renovation is projected for early spring 2021.