I have glorious Copper Beech trees, 1 of which had ...accent on the had a heavy burden of Ivy growing up it. I asked my Daughter about a week agoto get a saw, yup that kind of stem system! and cut through the stems to kill off the Ivy in the tree to lessen the burden. Daughter arrives home today post having been listening to Gardeners Question Time while driving an artic down to London (I'll make a gardener of her yet) and informs me that the panel of experts said it WASN'T a good idea to remove Ivy from an old tree. OMG if I have lessened the life of my favourite tree by trying to do the right thing I will cry AND it overhangs my kitchen. If it comes down my kitchen will go for a burton!! Anybody any ideas as to why it is a bad idea to remove Ivy? Daughter said she didn't hear the reasons as was negotiating a difficult reverse at the time the answers were given. This is the lovely tree I haven't done seriously the wrong thing.