We’re all about trees! Whether your garden is large or small ask us anything and we will find the right solution for you.

From removing or managing existing trees and hedges in your garden to advising about planting, our highly qualified team have the expertise and experience to carry out work efficiently, quickly and cost-effectively.

  • All tree and vegetation services for gardens large or small
  • Stump grinding
  • 24 hr emergency call out
  • Fully insured
  • Tree surgery, felling, removal, pruning and thinning
  • Tree planting and after care
  • Storm damage
  • Working to bs3998:2010
  • Hedge cutting and vegetation management
  • Ground maintenance, hard and soft landscape design and construction

Offering friendly, affordable and high quality tree care, we are the first choice for customers wanting both routine tree care and more technical, specialist work in their gardens.

With an initial free no obligation quotation our experts are able to discuss your requirements and recommend the best options for you.

Working to the British Standard for Tree Work BS3998:2010 our teams are experienced, qualified and are at the forefront of training in all aspects of arboriculture.

Priding ourselves on our customer service we provide a bespoke, professional service to all our clients.  As well as experience in all aspects of tree surgery our teams [are specialise] in planting and after care.

With a diverse skill set and extensive experience we can offer you a range of services.

OUR SERVICES

  • Stump Grinding

    Tree stumps can be more than an eyesore. Unless a stump is removed, it can pose an access risk to people, animals and vehicles. Stumps also tie your hands when you want to re-use land  – standing in the way of re-seeding, turfing and construction. We have the latest equipment, and the best qualified people who specialise in removing stumps and associated waste in no time at all.

  • Crown lifting

    Crown lifting is an effective method of increasing light transmission either indirectly or directly to areas closer to the tree or to enable access under the trees crown. Crown lifting should be restricted to less than 15% of the live crown height and leave the crown at least two thirds of the total height of the tree. Crown lifting should be specified with reference to a fixed point, e.g. ‘crown lift to give 2.4m clearance above ground level’.

  • Crown reduction

    Crown reduction may be used to reduce mechanical stress on individual branches or the whole tree, make the tree more suited to its immediate environment or to reduce the effects of shading and light loss, etc. Not all species are suitable for crown reduction works and it should not be confused with ‘topping’, an indiscriminate and harmful form of tree pruning.  Crown reductions are usually measured in terms of the overall height and spread of the finished tree or the average length of removed branches, usually no more than two metres.

  • Crown thinning

    Common reasons for crown thinning are to allow more light to pass through the tree, reduce wind resistance, reduce weight (but this does not necessarily reduce leverage on the structure) and is rarely a once-only operation, particularly on species that are known to produce large amounts of epicormic growth. Crown thinning does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree and should not exceed the stated percentage and not more than 30% overall.

  • Pollarding

    Pollarding is a method of pruning that keeps trees smaller than they would naturally grow. It is normally started once a young tree reaches a certain height or a tree previously pollarded requires management or rejuvenating. Pollarding to a set cycle will restrict a tree to its chosen height under management preventing the tree from outgrowing its allotted space.

  • Dangerous tree removal

    Dying or diseased trees are not always that obvious to see, but trees do show signs of decline that can be identified by a qualified tree professional. Once a problem has been discovered with the tree or in the trees crown, and if there is no alternative recommended care, then a full assessment will determine the correct course of action for the tree’s felling and removal. In an ideal world, dangerous trees should be dealt with at the earliest stages of their decline in order to allow its removal in the safest possible way, both to the tree surgeon, surrounding property and general public.

    A dangerous tree is any tree (regardless of its size) that is considered hazardous to people or facilities because of:

    • location or lean;
    • physical damage;
    • overhead hazards;
    • deterioration of limbs, stem or root system;
    • or a combination of the above.
  • Deadwooding

    Deadwood is exactly what the word implies; it’s a dead branch or dead section of wood still connected to the tree. There are many reasons why a tree gets deadwood within its crown but mainly this is just a natural process that happens to every tree as it grows. In the growth and development of a tree, branches compete with each other and weaker branches are eventually suppressed and die. The dead branches are collectively called deadwood.  These can be removed from a trees crown to prevent any issues with falling debris from the dying or dead branches present and is normally undertaken in areas considered to be of high risk to the general public or property, such as over roads/footpaths, in gardens or in public locations.

  • Formative pruning, selective pruning and natural target pruning

    Formative pruning is mainly undertaken on young trees to modify their form at maturity, either to avoid future structural defects (for instance by singling a twin-stem) or to create a desired cultivated tree form.

    Selective pruning involves the removal or reduction in length of individually selected branches from within the trees crown for a clear reason. Specific objectives might include the removal or shortening of branches due to an identified structural weakness, a decline in the trees overall health or if one side of the trees crown is interfering with buildings, landscape features or other structures identified.

    The term target pruning is used to describe the correct way to undertake pruning cuts on a tree and should be made as close as possible to the branch collar.

  • Veteran tree management

    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

  • Soil de-compaction, amelioration and non-invasive excavation

    Where soil compaction and physical conditions are thought to be limiting tree growth, soil conditions in the area of the root system should be investigated using non-invasive methods such as high pressured air to relive the problem, or so that problems can be identified and treatment is determined and implemented.

  • Mulching

    An area of ground over the root system of the tree or group of trees may be mulched in order to accelerate benefits which would take longer under natural conditions where organic matter e.g. dead leave accumulate on the ground under the tree. Mulching provides the following benefits:

    • Moisture retention
    • Weed suppression
    • Encouragement of beneficial soil flora & fauna
    • Relief from or prevention of compaction (especially by encouraging earth worm activity)
    • Absorption of toxic materials
    • Release of nutrients into the soil.
  • Vegetation management

    The clearance and/or management of vegetation such as bramble, ivy or other invasive species.
    Control & management of Rhododendron, Laurel, bracken, Japanese knotweed or Giant Hogweed.

  • Steep slope vegetation management

    The clearance and/or management of vegetation on a steep slope or cliff face that requires specialist access equipment and/or machinery.

  • Pest and disease diagnosis
  • Root protection

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