Iron Tree at Hammond Castle

Iron Tree Supports Recent Renovations at Hammond Castle in Gloucester

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 that are 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 tree care professionals 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. Fortunately, Iron Tree Service has both the experts and expertise to handle jobs this sensitive. 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 decided 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, tree pruning, trimming, cabling, bracing, clearing, and more, Iron Tree Service has a reputation for excellence 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, we guarantee we’ll get the job done the right way at the right price.

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