Crown thinning is the removal of a percentage of the branch structure without changing the outline of the tree.
Crown thins are usually conducted to allow more light to pass through tree but may also be conducted to reduce the sail area of vulnerable trees or to reduce water uptake. Heavier limbs may also be removed during this operation providing the form of the tree is not damaged or the tree is left in an unbalanced shape. It is also an opportunity to remove dead, dying, diseased, rubbing or crossing limbs.
Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches of the tree to give a uniform height above ground level. This practice reveals a clear stem which is often more pleasing to the eye. Common reasons for crown lifting are to bring more light under the tree and to give access to vehicles and pedestrians. Clearance for vehicles is 5.2 metres (17 feet), and for pedestrians 2.5m (8 feet).
Crown reduction is used to reduce the height and/or the spread of the crown of the tree. This is generally conducted for aesthetic reasons but may be carried out to remove dead wood, "stag horns", at the top of a mature tree.
Dismantling is the controlled removal of a tree where felling is not an option due to surrounding buildings, fences and valuable property. This is where the skill of the climbing Arborist comes in as heavy limbs will frequently require careful lowering by rope.
Traditional felling techniques are not routinely used at domestic premises as damage to the ground or plants are rarely acceptable. Sometimes in the case of dangerous or heavily leaning trees a winch can be used to pull the tree in a controlled direction.
In most circumstances stumps can be removed mechanically using our stump grinding machine. Stumps will be ground down to approximately 10-14 inches below ground level.
*What is a Tree Preservation Order?
A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is a legal document which makes it an offence to wilfully cut, uproot, top, lop or cut the roots of trees without permission from the local authority.
*What type of trees can be covered by a TPO?
Anything that would normally be called a "tree" may be covered by a TPO. There is no minimum size but bushes or shrubs of any size are not protected. TPO's are in place to protect trees that significantly enhance their local surroundings.
*Trees in a conservation area?
Before work can get started on trees within a conservation area the District Council needs to be informed. If the Council (District or Parish) objects to the work an emergency TPO may be imposed to prevent work. Clearance takes six weeks. Fines for unauthorised work to protected trees can be severe for both owner and operator.
Log and wood chip sales
We can deliver quality, seasoned hardwood logs direct to your home. Wood chips, green or mulched, can be supplied for the control of weeds in flower beds and for aesthetic reasons.
We can assist you with the selection and planting of trees and hedgerows.