It is important to remember that the primary reason for working on a veteran tree is to prolong its life. Retaining veteran trees can provide an important link with other ecological systems, as habitat for birds, reptiles, mammals and insects.
We provide the following veteran tree management techniques:
– Techniques for crown reducing a veteran tree – See Crown reduction, mainly associated with end weight and foliar mass reduction of either target limbs or whole tree crown in stages.
• Verteranisation – is a controlled infliction of damage on a tree to achieve a specific habitat objective. (Pruning to mimic the natural process of failure within the trees crown)
• Halo clearance for veteran trees – Removal of competing and surrounding young trees and vegetation in stages to give the veteran tree more space, light and free from immediate and future shade.
• Common sense risk management of veteran trees – Risk management of veteran trees is often needed to ensure that any identified hazards, associated with veteran trees do not affect the surrounding area. The essential point is that the trees and their situation are checked at regular intervals and management works carried out if it is necessary.
• Creation of decaying wood habitats – It is important to encourage a variety of types of rot within a veteran tree so that suitable conditions are provided for a wide range of invertebrates. The more dead wood a tree contains the more valuable it is.
• Management of veteran pollards still in a regular cycle of cutting – See Pollarding