Crown reduction

The reduction in height and/or spread of the crown (the foliage bearing portions) by pruning branches back to a suitable growth point.

NB. This should not be confused with ‘topping’, an indiscriminate and harmful treatment, which we don’t offer.

Crown thin

The reduction in the density of foliage by selective removal of unwanted branches. This improves light levels and reduces the resistance of wind upon the tree. (Crown thinning does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree).

Crown lifting (crown raising)

Removal of selected branches and limbs from the lower part of the crown. Common reasons for crown lifting are to increase light levels and give greater access for vehicles.

Crown restoration/renovation

The selective thinning of regrowth from previous pollards (or indiscriminate crown reductions), retaining the dominant attachments to regenerate a new crown.

Crown clean (deadwooding)

The removal of dead, diseased and dying wood from the crown of a tree.

Pollarding

A type of pruning carried out from an early age when a tree reaches a desired height, usually 3-4m. Once started, it should be repeated on a cyclical basis always retaining the initial pollard point (knuckle).

NB. This should not be confused with ‘topping’, an indiscriminate and harmful treatment, which we don’t offer.

Felling

The complete dismantling of a tree. The stump will be left as close to the ground as possible, but will be above soil level. Trees are felled either in sections, using a lowering system, or from ground level in one section.

Hedge Trimming

This can include annual re-trimming or extensive height and width reductions if a hedge is too large.