Tree Services

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Tree Felling

Tree felling may be required for a number of reasons. We are qualified tree surgeons and have been tree felling for many years. This enables us to quickly identify symptoms of decay, rot and disease in trees, risk to your property from overhanging branches or storm damage. In order to avoid damaging surrounding areas, a site survey should be conducted to ensure the safest action is taken when felling trees.

Never underestimate the damage or injuries that can be caused by falling or dangerous trees. If a tree has been weakened and unstable, tree felling or removal may be the only option available. Similarly there are other occasions when tree felling is the only viable option, for example if a tree is too close to a building, or the tree roots are affecting a buildings foundation. We offer a wide range of tree services and tree felling may not be always required. In some circumstances careful reduction and pruning may be of greater benefit.

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If you live in a tree conservation area, or if there is a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on the affected tree, then you will need to have the appropriate permission from your Local Authority in order for it to be removed. We have years of experience dealing with Local Authorities and are always happy to help and support with you with the application process if not already completed.

Tree Pollarding

Tree Pollarding

Tree pollarding involves removing all the smaller branches and shoots reducing the crown of the tree back to the trunk. This allows new branches to sprout from those cuts. This type of tree surgery helps keep the trees healthy, and enables controllable tree growth. Pollarding helps maintain tree balance and is a technique often used in urban areas, where trees may affect street lighting or telephone poles. Regular pollarding reduces weight and high wind vulnerability, will slow down the root growth, and may prevent future sub-level damage.

Tree pollarding can be done at any time throughout the year; however we recommend pollarding be carried out in late winter or early spring. There are many trees that can be pollarded, some of the most common species include: Ash, Willow, Elm, Oak, Tulip Tree, Mulberry, London Plane and Common Lime. Pollarding may not always be the right type of pruning system for your trees. We will always advise you on the best option that’s right for you, the tree and the grounds.

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Crown Lifting

Crown Lifting

Crown lifting, also known as crown raising is the skilled removal of the lowest branches and foliage of a tree. This type of tree service is often used in built up or urban areas where access is restricted, for example when vehicles or pedestrians need to pass safely under a tree. When crown lifting is used to increase access, this service may need to be regularly repeated to maintain sufficient clearance. Crown lifting is also a great method of increasing light to areas closer to the tree. This can be a major benefit to the surrounding environment and ground health. Crown lifting normally involves the removal of smaller branches and foliage as the removal of larger branches that grow directly from the trunk can cause large wounds and severe decay potentially leading to future problems. Crown lifting involves reducing the weight of lower branches allowing them to naturally lift.

Tree Crown Lifting Service

If required by your Local Authority you may need to provide clearance to a specified fixed point, e.g. ‘crown lift to give 6m clearance above ground level’.  We have worked with a number Local Authorities and can provide you with the necessary professional tree service to abide by the correct and stated conditions. If the tree is of significant importance tree bracing can be used instead of Crown Lifting as an environmentally friendly solution if crown lifting is not a valid option.

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Crown Reduction

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction is one of the most common tree pruning techniques used by Arborists today. It involves bringing the foliage from the outer edges of the tree into the crown, reducing the overall height and spread of the tree. The final result of a crown reduction should keep the framework of the crown and a large percentage of the leaf bearing structure, but leave a smaller tree outline. In an ideal situation, all cuts would be as small as possible and be made to a bud or partnering limb. Ensuring this best practice can help sustain the trees health. Crown reduction reduces the weight of the tree, so is suited to trees that may have potentially dangerous limbs in adverse weather. We are experienced arborists and when crown reducing, we always make sure the tree is balanced. Please be aware that not all species of tree are suitable for crown reduction so call one of our specialists who will be happy to advise you on the best course of action.

Tree Crown Reduction Service

Crown reduction has become a large section of our daily work. To achieve the best results we will advise you on the percentage of crown reduction required for your specific type of tree. We have experience with working to guidelines given by local authorities for tree reductions, and have carried out necessary works when trees are in conservation areas or have a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).  We regularly work with Local Authorities and always work to their requirements. If you would like to have work carried out on a tree and haven’t made any necessary applications, we are more than happy to help or advise you with this process.

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Crown Thinning

Crown Thinning

Crown thinning is a technique used to remove a portion of smaller branches to produce a uniformed density of foliage and an evenly spaced branch structure. Removing heavily congested shoots within a tree allows more light through which can be a major benefit to the surrounding environment and ground health. Crown thinning reduces the weight of each limb and also allows for lowered wind resistance making the tree safer in strong or adverse weather. Dead wooding is a similar technique to crown thinning and often the two pruning techniques are carried out together. Crown thinning doesn’t alter the overall shape and size of the tree.

Tree Crown Thinning Service

Like all professional tree services, crown thinning should only be carried out by tree surgeons with the required knowledge and experience to ensure the tree remains healthy, as well as aesthetically pleasing. We are fully licenced arborists with a wealth of experience in crown thinning of a wide variety of tree types. If you would like us to provide you with a quotation and advise you on our recommendations, please do get in touch. We’re always happy to help our customers and support you in any way we can, so don’t be afraid to contact us for a friendly chat!

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Dead Wooding

Dead Wooding

As a tree matures, it’s natural for it to produce branches and limbs that are dying or dead. These limbs then become vulnerable over time and during high winds may fall, making the area below the tree unsafe. Dead wooding is the process of removing these dying, dead or diseased branches throughout the trees crown. If these dead limbs are left untreated, rot can quickly spread leading to fungus issues which can affect the overall health of the tree.

Dead Wooding Service

Removing the dead branches before they fall is the main reason for dead wooding. However, there are other benefits including the removal of unwanted weight reducing the wind resistance. Dead wooding increases the amount of light that can pass to sounding areas, and with the dead wood removed, the tree looks more visually pleasing. If left untreated, dead wood can attract many diseases and pests. Dead wooding is often carried out in conjunction with crown thinning. Read more about our crown thinning services.

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Sky Line Tree Surgery
14 St James Close
EX32 0PA

Hours of work:
Monday to Sunday:
8:00am – 5:00pm
Phone: 07765 218 212