Tree Work

Treetops are fully qualified and insured to carry out all aspects of tree work for the domestic/commercial markets including Local Authorities.

 

The type of services available include;


 
Crown Reduction
Crown Thinning
Crown Lifting
Crown Clean
Coppicing
Pollarding
Re-pollarding
Felling
Fruit tree pruning
Bracing

 

Do you need permission? If you need permission for tree services, Treetops can help.  
Before authorising tree works, you should contact your Local Planning Authority to ascertain if the trees are the subject of a Tree Preservation Order or if they are within a Conservation Area. If either situation applies; statutory permission is required before any works can take place.  
 
If a quotation is accepted and your trees are within a Conservation Area or covered by a Tree Preservation Order, Treetops will be happy to act as your agent, free of charge, and liaise with the Local Authority on your behalf.

 

What will Treetops require?  
If you make your own application, Treetops will require a copy of the approval before work commences.

 

Description of terms and specifications.  
Crown reduction and reshaping  
This is the cutting back of branches so as to reduce the crowns overall size, whilst retaining as near a natural tree shape as possible. Branches should be cut back to a suitable side bud or branch, so as to retain a flowing branch line without leaving stubs.  
A crown reduction is normally expressed as a percentage.  
Note that a crown reduction refers to the reduction of the crown not the overall height of the tree; for example, a 30% crown reduction could well mean that the overall height reduction of the tree may be only 10%.  
Crown reductions are typically between 10 and 30%. Above 30% is generally regarded as excessive and detrimental to the health of the tree.

 

Crown thinning  
The removal of a proportion of secondary and small, live branch growth from throughout the crown to produce an even density of foliage around a balanced branch structure.  
Weak or crossing branches and sucker growth/water shoots would usually be removed first. A crown thinning is normally expressed as a percentage.  
Crown thinning is typically between 10 and 30%. Above 30% is generally regarded as detrimental to the health of the tree.

 

Crown Lifting  
The removal of lower branches to a specified height above ground level. This is achieved either by the removal of whole branches or by the removal of those distal parts of branches which extend below the desired clear height.

 

Crown Clean  
The removal of dead, dying, broken, crossing, weak, diseased and sucker growth as well as ivy and other climbing plants.

 

Coppicing  
The cutting down of a tree, often multi-stemmed, to within 30cm of ground level at regular intervals, normally a 5-8 year rotation. This practice is normally carried out in woodlands and was historically carried out to encourage re-growth suitable for stakes.

 

Pollarding  
The significant reduction, or total removal, of the branch structure of a young tree. Carrying out this practice on mature trees is not suitable because of the size or the wounds created. Although this practice was historically carried out to stop browsing by cattle or deer on trees that would otherwise have been coppiced, it’s now more often used as a management strategy to maintain a potentially large woodland tree in a restricted urban environment. Once undertaken regular re-pollarding is required.

 

Re-pollard  
This refers to trees that have been previously pollarded. The operation involves the removal of all leaf bearing growth back to the original main limb pollard points.

 

Fruit tree pruning  
Often customers wish their fruit trees to be pruned in the same way as any other species of tree. The production and collection of fruit is not of primary importance. However there are specific pruning techniques employed in orchards to enhance fruit production Spur or tip pruning.

 

Bracing  
Bracing is used to support or strengthen parts of a tree.  
Bracing can be carried out with cables, rods or webbing. Treetops only uses the non-invasive webbing system (trade name 'COBRA', check out their website, found in links). However we are in a position to replace or maintain existing rod or cable systems. Propping of lower branches also falls into this category.

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