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We have just refurbished the surround to the well and pump. The walnut is a volunteer than I couldn't bring myself to pull up 5 years ago. We have ut seats around the tree to enjoy its shade. Now the chapista will design a top for the whole structure but that will require cash.
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Interesting, we have an old well, done the old fashioned way (hand dug and with some kind of flat bricks- tiles on the wall) I wonder if somebody has deepened before on a dry year this kind of wall, how they've takled the masonry on the new lower part of the wall (the new bricks adhering to the old upoer ones an fitting to the new bottom.
 
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We had a very talented Yorkshire stone mason to do this for us. Worth getting the best for a job like this. He has done so many.
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I was not exactly refering to that part of the well, but congratulations, they did really a good job. We have another well that is dry most of the year that needs a maintenance job like this.
 
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That is a very good looking well, Mandy. Great stonework.

But one serious thought: What will the tree do to it in, say, 5-10 years, not to mention longer down the road? Trees are really a force to be reckoned with and once they start getting large, they never stop and anything in the way will get "adjusted" to suit. That well is going to lose, no contest, I'm afraid.

I have found the hard way that a tree needs to be at _least_ 20' away from whatever you want to remain more or less "as is". Any closer and the tree will start to shove it over, lift it, breach it - depending on how close it actually is. Then there is the issue of the branches chafing anything tall and, depending on the type of tree, the roots lifting anything on grade near by.

"Dealing" with a tree gets hugely more expensive the larger you let the tree get.


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Yes I am sure it WILL be a problem! But one advanrage of being our age is that  we won't  be here to care! Seriously!  Secondly, we are working on a water capture system that will bypass the well, which does dry up in summer. Thirdly, if our ÷/*¥_$#= mayor actually gets off his ÷/&&_$$ and does his job we will have sewerage and water in the next 10 years. But it is a good point to make for others doing the same thing so thank you.
 
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