Last year, I came across an ash (Fraxinus excelsior) tree that had a two-tiered bracket arrangement of Perenniporia fraxinea at its base. Given the ash was located right by a public footpath, and the fruiting bodies were on the compression side of the lean (wood is typically three times stronger under tension than compression), remedial works to reduce risk to a reasonable (ALARP – as low as reasonable possible) level were absolutely necessary.
Earlier this week, such remedial works were completed. The ash has been reduced significantly, though it still retains enough of a structure to enable it too look like a tree. Depending on how the ash fares (in terms of re-growth), there may be scope to eventually monolith it, in place of having it on what would need to be a cycle of maintenance every few years.
All of the material removed was piled at the base of the ash, as a sort of habitat pile. In time, as the wood decays, it may very likely be a good source for fungi and insects (particularly the larger pieces of wood, which easily are above 10cm in diameter). It also extends the hedgerow in a sense, by providing extra shelter from the adjacent open meadow.
Below are a few pictures from before and after.