Beech Crown Reduction – view here
This is an example of a situation where a tree (Fagus sylvatica) is outgrowing its environment. The tree has been pruned on at least several occasions during its lifespan and I resent year has had a T.P.O. applied to preserve its amenity value. To begging with there was some opposition from the Tree Office as he felt a crown reduction would adversely affect a prominent feature tree. After some persuasion it was agreed that we would carry out a crown reduction of approximately 3 meters al-round and lift the canopy to 5 meters.
Conifer Removals – view here
This was a situation where a line of Thuja plicata, possibly planted as a hedge, had grown to an unmanageable size. One tree in particular was overhanging the garage and getting close to the house. In this instance the customer decided to have the trees removed and the stumps ground out.
Large Eucalyptus Dismantle – view here
This Eucalyptus tree had grown to large for the environment and was suppressing an attractive Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). Although the eucalyptus tree was under a tree protection order the local tree officer agreed that its had out grown its situation and that the T.P.O. could be transferred to the Tulip tree. Obviously this meant that the eucalyptus had to be removed carefully to avoid damage to the Tulip tree.
Remedial Works to English Oak – view here
This large mature oak tree (Quercus robur) was showing signs of fungal decay in and around the base and buttress roots (in this case the decay was caused by Collybia fusipes).
Works carried out included the removal of deadwood but more importantly we removed approximately 20% of the large scaffold limbs, reducing the weight of the tree and the effects of wind loading. These works improved the structural stability of the oak and therefore increased its useful life expectancy.
Removal of Snow Damage from Pine Trees
Here is an example of some of the damage caused by the snow in January 2010. I this case it was a line of Pines over a footpath on school grounds. The work was carried out on a emergency basis removing dangerous damaged limbs to clear the path and make safe. Further remedial work was carried out on the trees at a later date.
This Sycamore tree had previously been crown reduced by another tree surgeon and had in the following 2-4 years grown approximately ten foot in height. As a result there was a strong possibility of the new growth failing and failing on to buildings bellow. From the customers point of view the tree was too big but they where also unhappy about the cost of crown reducing the tree every few years as a result they wanted the tree removing. However they also wanted to consider the neighbours who where, understandable, unhappy about losing the tree. In the end it was agreed that the tree be reduced hard to form a pollard which could be maintained at a lower cost to the customer, the overall effect being a tree with a smaller crown.
Although introducing a pollard to a tree at this stage in its life span is not strictly best practice it is a good example of the compromises that can be made to best meet the customers needs.
The crown was carefully removed using rigging techniques to avoid damaged to the Laurel plant and the two buildings bellow.
Willow Removal Video