The aim is to drop it down accurately between those two shrubs in the foreground without damaging them. Dave dons the Pistonheads safety helmet (which actually did protect him from a falling pine cone).
Where he started by stripping some of the lower branches.
Before downing tools and refusing to do the chain-sawing. So it was left to me, to make a classic wedge cut at the front of the tree and then the single cut at the back.....
What happened next though was unexpected comedy. The tree gracefully fell to 45 degrees, stopped and hung there! Rather like the toppled statute of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
We then all watched bemused as it sank several more feet in extra slow motion before the trunk finally cracked and it dropped to the ground. Video posted here.
I did say that the next bit was going to involve "just a little bit" more work, didn't I?