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Felling

Occasionally a tree will need to be removed completely. Doing this is safe and effective way is a skilled operation.

Beechwood Tree Care’s experienced arborists are experts at removing a tree with very little on impact to your surroundings.

Straight Felling

When space and the trees form allows, a tree may be felled in the traditional forestry sense of the term, by bringing the tree to ground as a whole, using practiced methods to ensure a safe, controlled and calculated fell.

Sectional Felling

Felling a tree in a restricted area will normally require the tree to be climbed or accessed with a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP), then dismantled in sections.

Sections can be lowered or lifted out to avoid any damage from falling debris.

Get in touch to discuss how we can safely and effectively remove your tree.

Cable Bracing

Sometimes a tree is so valuable to a client that despite a serious defect the tree must be retained at all costs. Cable bracing is a valuable tool in these cases.
Beechwood Tree Care have a extensive wealth of knowledge and experience of why, when and how to install a cable brace.
If your tree has been condemned by others maybe we can save it.

Get in touch and speak to Neil about how we can save your tree.

Hedgecutting

Each hedge is different depending on its species, location and purpose.
Formal hedges generally need trimming once a year to keep them in check and looking good. Overgrown hedges can need more drastic pruning to regain control of them.
Hedges can be great habitat for nesting birds and other wildlife, but can also be prone to pests and diseases.
At Beechwood Tree Care we have a dedicated team who specialise in hedgecutting and produce fantastic results.
We understand how different species of hedging plants grow, respond to pruning and what pests and diseases attack them. This knowledge enables us to give you the best possible advice to achieve your desired outcome.
Call us to discuss your needs and arrange for Neil to visit your property.

Planting

At Beechwood Tree Care we believe something is only worth doing if it’s done well. Planting used to be dig a hole, stick a tree in and off it goes, but it so much more than that.
We have a good relationship with suppliers of quality specimens and will advise, supply and plant replacement or new trees/shrubs where you need them.
We generally only supply and plant large specimen trees (3-4m+ tall).
Due to the significant change in climate conditions in the last 10 years, correct tree planting and aftercare has become essential. At Beechwood Tree Care we have pioneered and own system of underground stabilisation, supply and install hydration sacks to each tree we plant.
We provide clients with a easy to follow guide for aftercare. This means that the success rate and subsequent growth rates are particularly good when these methods and procedures are followed.
Please contact us to discuss how we can help.

Pruning

It’s not good for business but 9/10 times the best thing you can do for your tree is to leave it alone, from a trees point of view pruning is just damage and wounding. That said trees often need to be pruned to create a balance between their needs and needs of people who live with and close to them.

Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure we do.

At Beechwood Tree Care we have a unique understanding of pruning and our clients value this expertise.

Simply put pruning needs be done with an understanding of how the tree responds to each cut. Improper pruning can cause damage that will last for the life of the tree, or worse, shorten the tree’s life.

Every tree pruning operation needs to start with a discussion of what you as the client wants to achieve and what we can do to achieve this within the limits of what the tree can tolerate.

Below are listed the general tree pruning operations we carry out. Please contact us to discuss your tree, your requirements and let’s see if we can help.

Crown lifting

Crown lifting is the removal of selected branches and limbs from the lower part of the tree’s crown, thus lifting the crowns overall height from the ground.
This process also assists in allowing more light to penetrate through and under the lower crown.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction involves reducing the size of the tree’s overall canopy, this is achieved by shortening the branches evenly throughout the crown.
This results in a balanced natural shape for the species, allowing the tree to re grow from the established growth points which remain on the branches.

When crown reductions are carried out in this way it is sometimes very hard for a lay person to be able to see that works have been carried out, which means the trees natural beauty is retained.
This type of crown reduction results in the least amount of reaction growth by the tree and retains the visual amenity provided by the tree. Both these attributes are good for tree and it’s owner.

Crown thinning

Crown Thinning involves the selective removal of inner branches evenly throughout the tree’s crown. This is believed to be an effective method of allowing light to travel through the crown and allows air to circulate more effectively throughout the canopy without altering the tree’s natural shape.

At Beechwood Tree Care we believe this is a outdated practice that offers no good for either tree or tree owner and is not a operation we recommend.

Deadwood removal

Removal of dead branches, normally for aesthetic and/or safety reasons

Formative Pruning

‘The main aim of formative pruning is to produce a tree which in maturity will be free from any major physical weakness and which will complement the management objectives for the site’ British Standard 3998:2010
Formative Pruning is used to influence a trees shape & structure by removing branches that will cause defects and problems in the future.
Generally carried out to younger trees but can be utilise in later years on older trees.

Pollarding

The process of pollarding involves the removal of all leaf bearing branches, and most limbs, resulting in the formation of a single or multiple pollard knuckle/s, from which the tree regrows numerous new shoots.

The new shoots are then removed periodically remove back to the knuckle on a 3-7 year circle depending on the the vigour of the regrowth.

A tree that is pollarded is known as a pollard or a multi knuckle pollard.

Veteran Trees and Retrenchment Pruning

It is a ‘form of crown reduction intended to encourage development of the lower crown’ British Standard 3998:2010.
Retrenchment pruning is generally carried out of trees nearing the end of their lifespan and preempts the natural process where a old trees lose limbs to become smaller.

Beechwood Tree Care arborists have been involved in many such projects, which have safely extended the lifespan of some magnificent old trees, which may have otherwise been felled.

Stump Grinding

When removing a tree or large shrub to ground level, a small proportion of the trunk or stem remains in the ground, this is known as the ‘Stump’. A stump can remain in the ground without causing any harm, however if the tree was diseased or you wish to replant in the same location then it is necessary to get rid of the stump.
The stump may also need to be removed to make way for a new building or if a fence is to be erected, or purely when it is not appealing to leave an old stump in situ.

The most efficient way of completely removing a stump is by using the Stump Grinder.
(Please watch the video to see our stump grinder in action.)

(Video of Stump Grinder in operation)

Our machines are capable of grinding any size of stump. There will be a pile of chippings and soil left behind in the hole, which will rot away, but if required this can be removed and replaced with fresh topsoil.

Dealing with Local Councils

Conservation Area Application

If your property is within a Conservation Area you must inform your Local Planning Authority of your intention to carry out any tree works (There are some exceptions).

Get in touch to find out how Beechwood Tree Care can deal with this process for you.

Tree Preservation Order Applications

If your tree is covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) you must obtain written permission from your Local Planning Authority before carrying out any tree works (There are some exceptions).

Every tree and situation is different, as are the approaches taken by individual local authorities. In many cases we have been able to gain permission where tree owners and other contractors have failed.

Contact us with details of your tree and what you would like to achieve. Once reviewed Neil can have a discussion with you about how to go forward.

Tree Inspections

As a tree owner you have a ‘Duty of Care’ to Third Parties to ensure your tree is safe and does not cause damage or injury. Quite often in the case of large, old and significant trees their management starts with a detailed tree inspection.
Mechanical failures in trees are more often than not attributable to recognisable ‘defects’ and these are generally identified during a inspection. Beechwood Tree Care can carry out a detailed inspection of your tree and make recommendations for its future management to reduce any risk to a reasonable level.

At Beechwood Tree Care these inspections are carried out by Neil Wilson who hold Professional Tree Inspection Certificate and has 20+ years of industry experience.

Climbing/Aerial Inspections

Climbing and Aerial Inspections are generally required on large trees with a significant target area beneath them, when a defect has been identified from the ground but it’s significance can not be properly ascertained.
These inspections should not be carried out by your average ‘Tree Surgeon’ a detailed knowledge and plenty of experience is required.

At Beechwood Tree Care these inspections are carried out by Neil Wilson who hold Professional Tree Inspection Certificate and has 20+ years of industry experience.

Contact us if you would like to discuss having Neil carry out a climbing/aerial inspection of your tree.

Tree Surveys

This is normally a service used by schools, colleges or work places who have a site containing trees and numerous people accessing the site. In this case it is strongly advisable to have a ‘Tree Survey’ carried out, the simplest way to describe it is ‘PAT’ testing for your trees.
We come to your site tag, map, catalogue, inspect your trees, give them a risk rating and highlight any remedial action required. In this way you know what you have, where it is and what needs to be done to ensure your trees are safe.

Tree Surveys to support Planning Applications and for Mortgages

Unfortunately we do not offer this service.
Please visit the Arboricultural Associations website, www.trees.org.uk and search for a Registered Consultant.