Tree Work

Keeping you and your trees happy

BS 3998 is the British Standard for tree work. It may sound boring but it makes a big difference. All our tree surgery work is done to this standard, which let’s you know that it’s carried out safely. It also ensures that any work we do leaves the tree healthy and visually pleasing - unless the tree is being removed.

Reshaping & reductions

The shape of trees to come

We do this a lot to allow more light into properties and gardens. You might also need this work if your tree has become too large for its environment, for instance if you have a mature oak in a small garden. We always do this work sympathetically so the tree’s shape remains natural.

Crown thinning

Let there be light

If the area under your tree is too dark or damp, then crown thinning can help. It will let more light in to create better conditions for planting and produce a lovely dappled sunlight effect. You may prefer this to reduction work as it retains the tree’s natural shape and growth patterns.

Section felling & dismantling

Piece by piece

Of course trees get old and some have to be felled. If you haven’t the space in your garden for the whole tree to come down at once, we can take it down bit by bit. This is a very skilled job. It’s useful if your tree overhangs a boundary or a property, if access is restricted or the ground you want to look after your prized collection of azaleas below. We dismantle the tree in manageable sections, lowering them to the ground with ropes and rigging.

Pollarding

Off with his head

This is an ancient and traditional way to manage trees. You may have seen pollarded lime trees in cities, where all the branches are removed leaving just the stem. This results in fresh new growth, which is removed biennially or once it has become too big for the surroundings. If you live in a rural environment and have a dead or dying tree you can also pollard it rather than removing it. This will provide a rich and diverse wildlife habitat. You can plant ivy or honeysuckle to grow up the pollarded tree to make them more attractive and attract even more insects and song birds.

Dead wood removal

Is there life in your deadwood?

Dead wood isn’t always a bad thing. In most cases it’s a sign of age or part of the natural process of renewal. It also provides a rich micro-environment for plants, insects and birds. Of course, it’s a good idea to check out a tree that has dead branches in case they are unsafe. We can also remove them if you feel they look unsightly.

Crown raising and limb reductions

Chop, chop.

Another way to increase the light under your tree might be to remove the lower limbs, which will raise the crown. This can also be used to increase access for people, vehicles and views. We’ll work carefully and sympathetically to make a real feature of your tree. You might also need to take off a single limb if it’s making the tree unbalanced. This can happen if the tree is struggling for light on one side or growing in an overcrowded environment.

De-compacting & feeding

Time for refreshments

If you have had flooding around your tree, or there has been a lot of animal, human or vehicle traffic under it, the soil can become compacted. This will stop the tree roots getting the oxygen and nutrients they need for good health and development. If your tree’s looking a bit sad, with poor annual growth, a thin canopy or die back, this could be the cause. We can deal with this by removing the top soil and replacing it with well-rotted compost mulch and seaweed fertilisers. It’s a delicate job because you don’t want to harm the roots, but the results can be spectacular.

Veteran tree care

Caring for the elderly

You’ll want to make sure your trees last as long as possible. When they get old they need specialist care to keep them healthy and happy. We believe it’s a real privilege to work with veteran trees as they often mark important events and places in our landscape. As we’ve grown older ourselves we’ve developed the specialist skills and understanding to help you look after your landmark trees.

Stump grinding

Removing all traces

If you have any tree removed it’s going to leave a stump in the ground. These can be left as a feature or a mini wildlife habitat. But sometimes they are simply in the way or look ugly. In which case we can grind them out or remove them without any mess or hassle. To completely remove their memory we can also topsoil and seed the area to your specification.