We have been in denial for long enough.  Our shelter design has not worked the way it was meant to so we need to get tough. The design was based on alternating Italian Alders with various species of eucalyptus, oaks, wattles and cherries.  The problem is that the Alder’s did not get off to a good enough start in some cases to compete effectively with the very vigorous eucalyptus.  It seems that the only way to deal with this is to remove both the big eucs and the stunted or dead alders.  This is painful, but putting it off seems the worse option, so we have started felling trees that are thriving – to a fault. Best do it before the walnuts get much taller.