This long dead oak (Quercus robur) was deemed unsafe to climb, so to remove it, it was necessary to bring in a 'Mobile Elevated Work Platform'. These devices also known as 'cherry pickers' are gaining popularity in arboriculture in the UK, and are much more commonly employed in the United States and Australia.
MEWPs come in all shapes and sizes. The largest variety weigh several tonnes and can be driven whilst fully extended. This smaller tracked version is much more suitable for work on domestic properties as the base unit can be manouvered through tight spaces.