Our tree and hedge cutting services explained

We offer a variety of services depending on the situation and surrounding area. The options available to us are:

Removal of shoots arising on the stem/base, crossing, weak or dead/dying branches. To correct defects before they become established as features of the mature tree. Only carried out on young trees.

Removal of lower branches to allow pedestrian or vehicular access, both within a domestic environment, or on public highways or footpaths. Tree clearance height for public highways is 5.4m and public footpaths is 2.5m.

Reducing the tree to a given height and spread. This method may be used when a tree has outgrown its surroundings, is growing too close to buildings, restricting light etc. This is a highly skilled operation and we only use experienced arborists.

Removal of small branches throughout the crown. The percentage of crown removed should not exceed 30%. This improves the light levels without spoiling the shape of the tree.

The removal from the tree of all dead, split and crossing branches. Removal of branch stubs, along with any undesirable foreign objects/climbing plants. Benefits heath and appearance and reduces hazards.

A traditional pruning method now misused. It involves removal of all branches to develop an artificial tree shape. It is occasionally acceptable on young trees when the wounds will be small.

A repeat of the above operation, to reduce hazards and control the size of the tree. Normally acceptable on trees which have previously been pollarded.

Methods of increasing the strength of trees by inserting steel or nylon supports. It reduces hazards in large trees without spoiling their shape but is not practical with species prone to decay.

Removal of specific branches to increase the symmetry of the tree. It can improve appearance and reduce hazards.

 To cut down to ground level in one piece or dismantled in sections.

These terms are ambiguous and are not modern practices. Lopping is the removal of a lateral branch and Topping is the removal of the tree’s top. We avoid using these descriptions and practices.