TREE PRUNING & SHAPING 

Crown lifting is the removal of the lower branches of a tree crown to achieve a specified height clearance from ground level. Raising the crown may include the removal of whole limbs or parts of limb to create the specified height clearance. All cuts must be made following natural target pruning techniques. Ideally the amount of the crown raise should not exceed one third of the trees crown. This will leave two thirds of the crown to support the tree providing energy through photosynthesis. Contact us for a consultation or more information about this service.


Reasons for crown lifting may include;

  • Headroom clearance for vehicles and pedestrians, The Highways Act 1980

  • Utilities (power and phone lines)

  • Building clearance to either improve views, allow light into a building 

  • Reduce risk of damage to the building through contact with the tree.

  • To allow light under the canopy for competing plants

Crown thinning is the removal of a percentage of the trees crown without altering the size or shape of the crown. Commonly the operation is carried out on broadleaves species to allow more air and light though a trees crown. Initially crown cleaning is the start of the process followed by the removal of crossing and rubbing branches. The trees crown is then thinned and shaped evenly to a specified density. 

Tree crown reductions are the most common form of pruning. It is often carried out to improve the aesthetics of a tree through rebalancing the crown or reducing the crown where it has outgrown its environment. The aim of a tree crown reduction is to reduce the size of the crown by either by a percentage, or an amount of metres off the crown, without spoiling the natural form off the tree. 

There are many reasons for the reduction of a tree crown. Aesthetics is one, health of the tree is another and size restrictions. Reducing the weight of a tree limb can be beneficial during periods of extreme weather to ensure the tree can support itself, for example a snow laden cedar. 

Formative pruning is carried out at the elementary stages of a trees development. The aim is to encourage the tree to produce a sound stem and branch structure. This will allow the tree to develop good branch structure and a steady growth rate. Formative pruning of a young tree can prevent the need for future pruning as problem growth has been removed and remaining foliage has space to grow. This in turn can prolong the tree's life expectancy within the context of it surrounding environment. Formative pruning also assists with creating the desired form of a tree in its early year preventing the need for heavy reductions in later years. The process entails the removal of crossing, rubbing, damaged and badly placed branches along with competing branches.

Pollarding is a drastic form of pruning to create a desired effect. It is where all soft growth is removed back to the trees framework on a yearly basis. Street trees are an example of this, where the tree needs to be retained to its size in relation to its environment. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

TREE CROWN LIFTING

As experienced Arborists we can safely control the size, shape and density of your trees, to give space and allow for more natural light with our professional and effective tree cutting and trimming  services. We offer one off or regular maintenance work as commercial contractors, as well as tree and hedge management for domestic properties. We offer various tree pruning and shaping services, helping our local trees stay safe and healthy. We are based in Pill, Bristol, UK and we cover all areas in Bristol and surrounding. If you'd like to know if we provide tree services near you please see more info about the areas we cover here. 

TREE CROWN THINNING

TREE CROWN REDUCTION & RESHAPING

TREE POLLARDING

YOUNG TREE MANAGEMENT

MORE OF OUR TREE SERVICES IN BRISTOL & SURROUNDING:

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