Our contracting teams undertake all aspects of tree work to British Standard 3998:2010 in full compliance with all relevant legal requirements. During our quotation process we undertake a preliminary risk and habitat assessment to determine the most suitable method of safely and efficiently undertaking the work without unduly impacting on protected species. Subsequently, discrete enquiries to the local authority determine the existence of any statutory constraints that may require formal consent or notice.
We regularly undertake the following work;
- Deadwood management – removing or shortening dead or dying parts of trees to abate hazards while offering habitat opportunities where appropriate. Often undertaken where deadwood presents a potential hazard to people or property should it fail;
- Formative / restorative pruning – the removal of specific branches or stems to remove or limit structural defects and to provide the best possible form for the foreseeable future of the tree. Undertaken on young trees to pre-empt future problems and to increase the useful life expectancy, undertaken on mature trees to rectify storm or impact damage or previously poor pruning ;
- Crown thinning – pruning of the outermost leaf bearing branches to reduce the overall density of the tree without decreasing its overall dimensions. Predominantly undertaken so as to increase the proportion of light penetrating the canopy;
- Crown lifting – pruning to remove or shorten the lower branches of a tree so as to increase the available height below the canopy. Typically undertaken to improve access under the tree or to prevent vehicle damage where trees overhang highways or driveways;
- Crown reduction and reshaping – pruning to reduce the dimensions of a tree by the removal of the outermost branches. Undertaken for a number of reasons including reducing the loading on defective parts, decreasing tree related shade, prevention or abatement impact damage from branches to buildings or services.
- Pollarding / Coppicing – periodic pruning to remove all the branches from a tree, either retaining a basic stem structure (pollarding) or a simple stump (coppicing). The intention normally being to allow the tree to re-grow with multiple small diameter shoots so that its overall size is cyclically maintained.
- Hedge management – The trimming, re-shaping, layering or reduction of hedges so as either establish, maintain or reduce their size or extent.
- Bracing & Support – Installing specifically designed fabric (or cable) braces or props to restrict the potential movement of branches considered susceptible to failure.
- Veteran tree management – Undertaking pruning works to extend or prolong the safe useful life expectancy of trees that is of exceptional cultural, landscape or nature conservation value because of its great age, size or condition.
- Veteranisation – Undertaking pruning specifically to create or prematurely induce the features of a veteran tree. This can include deliberate wounding or killing of parts of the tree so as to create deadwood for its habitat value or using techniques that mimic natural storm damage.
- Dismantling / Felling – The removal of the above ground parts of the tree either by cutting at the base (felling) or by gradual sectional cutting from either a rope and harness or a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (dismantling). Either techniques can involve the use of additional specialist equipment to control or direct the cut sections.
- Stump grinding – The use of a specifically designed machine to chip away at a stump in situ to a required depth normally leaving the main lateral roots but removing the main bulk of the stump below ground.
- Tree & shrub planting – The specification, selection, installation and establishment of trees and shrubs.