Services

PRUNING

Appropriate pruning of trees is one of the most important parts of tree maintenance. Properly pruned trees require less physical support and also stand up to difficult environmental conditions. The look and life of a tree can be prolonged by thoughtful pruning. It is necessary to prune trees to increase light and space in your garden. It is also recommended to prune fruit trees for a better fruit harvest. Timing of this depends on the species of the tree

POLLARDING

Pollarding is generally appropriate for trees which have been previously pollarded. It involves cutting back heavily to the knuckle, where the last previous pollard point was. It can be part of an ongoing maintenance plan for certain species of tree to ensure their future health and longevity. It is an effective way of keeping large trees, for example Willows, safe and under control. Within this type of tree work, Coppicing also applies as a way of regularly containing vigorous growth of certain species, such as Hazel.

CROWN REDUCTION

Crown reduction alleviates biomechanical stress by reducing both the leverage and the sail area of the tree, and can allow retention of a tree in a confined space. It can also be used to create a desired appearance or to make the tree more suited to its surroundings. Unlike topping, it retains the main framework of the crown and therefore a high proportion of the foliage-bearing structure, which is important for the maintenance of vitality. Not all species or individual trees are appropriate candidates for reduction.

CROWN THINNING

Appropriate pruning of trees is one of the most important parts of tree maintenance. Properly pruned trees require less physical support and also stand up to difficult environmental conditions. The look and life of a tree can be prolonged by thoughtful pruning. It is necessary to prune trees to increase light and space in your garden. It is also recommended to prune fruit trees for a better fruit harvest. Timing of this depends on the species of the tree

REMOVAL OF DEADWOOD AND IVY

Removing dead wood from trees is incredibly important. Over time deadwood can develop into tree decay, which will in turn eat away at the limbs of the tree. Dead wood can occur as a result of disease, wind damage, animal interaction or insufficient sunlight. Whatever the cause, an excess of dead wood within a tree is incredibly dangerous as dead branches are liable to fall at any time. The removal of dead wood involves an extensive assessment of the tree structure. Our expert tree surgeons will then decide on which branches need to be removed and to what extent.

PLANTING

We are conscious of the environment and if we have to remove a tree, we will encourage the replanting of another in a location that it can flourish. We offer a full planting service, including advice on species, selecting and ordering the tree, delivery and planting.

COPPICING

Coppicing is a system in which trees are cut to ground level during winter months. The trees are then left to regrow, however are cut again once they reach a harvestable size. Different areas of woodland are coppiced at different times. The idea behind this technique is that the woodland is in a constant cycle of regeneration. This system means that there is a range of different tree ages and heights across the whole woodland, which in turn increases biodiversity.

WOODLAND MANAGEMENT

Areas of woodland often require management in order to be healthy and sustainable. The overall aim of this work is to maintain wildlife conservation and increase bio-diversity, whilst at the same time making the woodland accessible and manageable. Woodland management is above all else the pursuit of successful co-habitation of humans and other species in a natural environment.

TRACKS & PATHWAYS

A key activity of woodland management is the creation of tracks and pathways. Tracks can unlock a woodland's potential, allowing us to gain deep access to a previously unreachable area. In public woodland pathways can open up the area for use in activities such as dog-walking and horse riding. In commercial woodland tracks give access for timber and product extraction. Tracks also help to define woodland boundaries and help to manage space.

DITCH CREATION

Another important aspect to woodland management is ditch creation. By digging a series of ditches in strategic areas, woodland drainage can be improved, preventing flooding. Once ditches have been installed it is incredibly important to keep these areas clear. This is a relatively easy process, however can be required often. Tree control is perhaps the most integral part of woodland management. A number of different techniques can be used, such as selective felling and branch thinning, however coppicing is probably the most effective method.