Tree Surgery

by professional arborists

Why use us?

  • We aim to provide the highest quality service we can with all areas of our work. Tree surgery is our core business, our forte, we excel in all aspects, using the latest techniques and equipment.

 

  • We stay sharp with an extensive training and education programme, all members of our team are actively driven to learn and achieve more on a daily basis.

 

  • Achieving a high quality and standard goes hand in hand with current industry compliance, so it goes without saying that we meet and surpass these.

 

  • Fully insured, £5 million cover for Public Liability, £10 million cover for Employers liability and £2 million cover for Professional Indemnity.

 

  • All our tree work is carried out in accordance to British Standard BS3998:2010 Recommendations for tree work, and current industry best practise.

 

  • Team members are trained and NPTC qualified to use our specialist tools and equipment.

 

  • From the outset Health & Safety comes first, thats why every job regardless of size and scope has a risk assessment and method statement, all team members have CSCS, ROLO and CCNSG training.

 

  • Every job is different and there are many technical terms and jargon to get lost in. Tell us your expectations and we will give you expert advice and apply our knowledge and skill set to bring them to fruition.

Tree Removals

Removing a tree can be done in several ways either in one go such as felling or more commonly in the domestic setting removed in sections, often referred to as a section fell, dismantle or technical take down.

The latter being the most complicated with lowering devices, lots of ropes, pulleys, and sometimes involving zip lines, this requires immense skill & judgement.

Pollarding

This is a traditional type of tree pruning that was carried out to maintain a constant supply of wood. The Somerset Levels is probably the best place to see traditional willow pollards. This operation is somewhere between a removal and heavy pruning, nowadays it is quite often a compromise when a tree has become or is likely to become too big for its location. Rather than removing the tree the branches are removed, leaving just a trunk or a few bigger branches. It has many limitations and some trees simply can’t cope with this extreme form of pruning but when done correctly at the right time it can actively increase a tree’s life, but once cut as a pollard they need to be re-pollarded on a time cycle as they can collapse when they are very old.

Pruning

You may want to prune your tree for safety reasons, to reduce shade, clear lights and buildings or sometimes just to improve the view.
There are many different levels of pruning. Making the whole tree smaller whether in height, width or both, this is generally referred to as a crown reduction.

Sometimes all that is needed are a few choice branches removed either completely or just shortened. Other pruning terms are crown thinning, crown lifting, crown cleaning or deadwooding. Fruit tree pruning is itself another category altogether.

Fruit Tree Pruning

Regular pruning of your fruit trees can be beneficial in many ways, it helps to produce better quality fruit, whilst reducing disease. Over time trees can be easily trained and shaped into various styles such as “espalier” & “cordons”. Some trees are grafted onto different root stocks to control size or improve variety so the method of pruning needs to suit the trees growth & vigour.

Stump Grinding & Management

The last phase of any tree removal can be as big a task as the initial tree removal. Generally speaking most stumps can be ground out with a specialist grinder, sometimes smaller stumps can be simply pulled or winched out, in exceptional circumstances they can be dug out with an excavator but usually only in conjunction with a bigger project. We quite often chemically treat stumps just to kill them off when removal is either not necessary or practical. Some Stumps are easily transformed into bird tables, pot stands or thrones.

Hedge Trimming & Maintenance

Quite simply trimming hedges to maintain their size and shape, generally speaking the more its trimmed the thicker the foliage will become.

Hedge reduction is usually a reduction in height as opposed to an all over trim, this is more often than not a heavy duty operation with the use of chainsaws .  An Annual Trim is where the whole hedge is trimmed back to its previous size, using a hedge trimmer. Topiary is hedge trimming turned into an art form. We have vast experience of initiating topiary shapes and designs from peacocks to full tree pom pom pruning

Veteran Tree Management

These are usually the knarly old ones you see with bits missing or significant dead portions in corners of woodland or in farmers fields, on the what looks like its last legs. Any old tree can be classed as a veteran but more important treated like one.

Veteran trees are havens for wildlife and provide valuable niche habitats, all very valuable from environmental point of view but in a lot of cases as great historic or social importance as well. The management of these trees is understandably different and great care & consideration should be taken when administering any work to them. On the flip side some perfectly normal healthy trees can be “veteranised” to increase bio diversity and or just to enhance the aesthetics. Usual done using special cuts to mimic natural branch breaks or  as we call them failures.