Tree surgery and Woodland Management
We provide the following services:
TREE SURGERY AND WOODLAND MANAGEMENT:
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 to the fore 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 is 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.
This is the process of helping nature to reduce an over mature, dying tree, under control. Dying trees can shed heavy limbs with potentially disastrous consequences. Veteranisation speeds up the process of nature whilst minimising risk. Dead and dying trees are usually important habitats for mammals, birds and insects and can often be retained at a reduced risk to the land owner or general public.
Chainsaws can not work underground! In felling and dismantling operations stumps are left at just above ground level. Smaller stumps can sometimes be winched out providing a suitably strong anchor tree is available. In most circumstances stumps have to be removed mechanically using a stump grinding machine. A stump grinder has a rotating flywheel with tungsten carbide cutting teeth that rip the stump to shreds well below ground level. The ensuing debris can be removed from site or left to rot down naturally in the stump hole. The site is checked carefully with a metal detector prior to grinding for underground services or buried metal.
Depending on the nature of the tree, location and available access tree debris is removed by trailer or by reduction into small chips in a wood chipping machine. We are licensed by the Environment Agency for the carriage of controlled (green) waste. We pride ourselves on always leaving your premises in a clean and tidy condition.
- What is a Tree Preservation Order?
A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is a legal document which makes it an offence to willfully cut, uproot, top, lop or cut the roots of trees without permission from the local authority. Clearance takes eight weeks.
- 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.
We provide an application service to the relevant authorities on your behalf.
We are fully insured and qualified to work at the sides of roads. Traffic can be controlled with road signs to provide a safe working area for our operators, the general public and your premises in accordance with current street work regulations. We liaise with the Highways Agency and Local Authority prior to the start of work.
Working safely in and around water can present some major safety challenges. Recent work has included clearing a 80 foot black poplar tree that had fallen across the River Avon.
Tree an Hedge Planting
We can assist you with the selection and planting of trees and hedgerows.
We can help with all aspects of domestic fencing from initial design, competitive purchasing and construction.
We provide a complete site clearance service prior to construction.
We provide a mobile log splitting service at your location.