Tree Surgery

Tree Surgery

There is now an international understanding of the value of trees. They are the lungs of our Earth. Trees contribute to our everyday life in so many ways: Habitiat. Pollution and Noise Reduction. Flood Defence. Ground Stabilisation. Food. Trees can even increase the value of your property!

However, trees are living organisms. The location and condition of a tree can make it a hazard to its surroundings. There are methods to manage our trees. In line with our values, Treespace Ltd will always consider safety first before proposing or undertaking any tree surgery. We will discuss what is best for you and the tree, including the surrounding environment.

All our work is carried out in accordance with the guidelines of British Standards BS3998.

Broadly, the below list shows arboricultural options for your trees. There will be good and bad times to complete these operations, dictated by tree type, location and season. However, we will make this clear in our quotation.

Tree Removal

Sometimes it may be necessary to remove a tree in its entirety. This is often done in one of two methods; If there is space, the tree can be felled at ground level. When there is limited space, we will often have to ascend the tree and dismantle it, section by section.

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, and so a significant proportion of the leaf bearing structure, and leave a similar, although smaller outline. Crown reduction cuts should be as small as possible. Not all species are suitable for this treatment and crown reduction should not be confused with ‘topping or lopping’, a harmful treatment.

Veteran Ash - Crown Reduction in progress

Crown Thin

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. Crown thinning does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree. Branches are removed systematically throughout the tree. Common reasons for crown thinning are to allow more light to pass through the tree and reduce wind resistance.

Tree Surgery
Tree Surgery

Crown Lift or Crown Raising

Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches. 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 is often required to comply with highway regulations over roads and footpaths.


Bracing is installation of cables, ropes and/or belts to reduce the probability of failure of one or more parts of the tree structure due to weakened elements under excessive movement.