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Tree Surgery

Covering all aspects of surgery from tree felling to pruning / loping, crown work, pollarding and dead wooding, we follow the required standards set out in accordance with the British Standards for tree works (BS3998).

We observe strict guidelines in relation to nesting birds and roosting / hibernating bats as well as other wildlife, and liaise with the appropriate authorities and trusts where necessary.

Tree Pruning / Loping

Trees are sympathetically pruned to train their form and remove any defects, create good spacing of their branches and reduce the risk of structural failure and therefore maintenance costs in the future. All operations will be completed leaving each tree in an acceptable, well-balanced and safe condition. Each

All large limbs will be lowered by ropes and slings to avoid damage to the tree and its surroundings. We will ensure that all sections fall to the ground in a controlled manner.

Dead, diseased or damaged branches will be pruned back to the corresponding branch collar. Under no circumstances will any flush cuts be made. In the case of crossed rubbing branches, the branches will be assessed, pruned or removed appropriately, whilst ensuring that a reasonable overall shape is maintained.


The pollarding of a tree is the most drastic form of pruning, but for some species (such as poplar or willow) in the wrong environment, this form of pruning is essential.

Crown Work

Crown Reduction

The reduction in the size of a trees crown with the aim of leaving a healthy tree that maintains a natural shape, balance and appearance. It is normally specified in percentage terms that the crown is to be reduced by. This technique is used for many reasons such as to reduce wind resistance, water up-take, to control the size of a tree in a restricted environment or to allow more light through.

Crown Thinning

This procedure involves the selective removal of branches evenly within the tree’s crown to allow more light through and reduce wind resistance. This method does not reduce the size of the tree and it also helps to improve the look of the tree.

Crown Lifting

Selective removal of the lower branches which raises the canopy of the tree. this is a good way of improving light levels and can benefit lawns and under plantings. It’s more suitable for younger trees as if applied to mature trees will leave large wounds.


This involves the safe removal of dead wood from the tree to prevent potential damage from when nature takes its course and the offending wood falls off, and it also protects the tree from gaining an infection.







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