Domestic & Residential Services


Formative Pruning

Minor pruning during the early years of a tree’s growth to establish the desired form and/or to correct defects or weaknesses that may affect structure in later life.

Crown Reduction

The reduction in height and/or spread of the crown (the foliage bearing portions) of a tree. 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. The final result should retain the main framework of the crown. Crown reduction cuts should be as small as possible. Crown reduction should not be confused with ‘topping’, an indiscriminate and harmful treatment.

Crown Lifting

Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches and/or preparing of lower branches for future removal. Good practice dictates crown lifting should not normally include the removal of large branches growing directly from the trunk as this can cause large wounds which can become extensively decayed leading to further long term problems or more short term biomechanical instability. Crown lifting on older, mature trees should be avoided or restricted to secondary branches or shortening of primary branches rather than the whole removal wherever possible.


Crown thinning is the removal of a portion of smaller/tertiary branches, usually at the outer crown, to produce a uniform density of foliage around an evenly spaced branch structure. It is usually confined to broad-leaved species. Crown thinning does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree. Common reasons for crown thinning are to allow more light to pass through the tree, reduce wind resistance, reduce weight and is rarely a once-only operation particularly on species that are known to produce large amounts of epicormic growth.


A true pollard is initiated when a tree is young by removing the top of a young tree at a prescribed height to encourage multistem branching from that point, traditionally for fodder, firewood or poles. Once started, it should be repeated on a cyclical basis always retaining the initial pollard point, or bolling as it becomes known.

Felling & Sectional Felling

The tree can be felled either at ground level or dismantled in sections through climbing operations, or the use of a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP).

Dead Wooding

The removal or shortening of significant non-living branches or stems due to natural ageing or external influences. Deadwood provides essential niche habitats for many organisms vital to our eco system. 

Hedge Trimming

Trimming the very tips of the height and the face elevations of hedges whilst retaining green growth.