Tree Felling And Removal Service

Logs stacked together, produced while felling a tree using the sectional dismantling method.

Why are trees felled or removed?

For Andrew's Arboriculture tree felling or removal is a last resort practice and not something we undertake lightly, there are various reasons for feeling or removal including that the tree may be dead, dying or diseased, it may be causing damage to a structure or property and lastly may be in a development site and in the way of future structures.

Sometimes a tree can be more dangerous standing rather than felled or removed if, for instance, it has deadwood which could fall at any time onto a pavement or road and cause death or injury. Ideally, a tree should be inspected periodically and at the earliest sign of disease, a qualified tree surgeon or arborist should be employed to limit the extent of the disease.

If a tree is causing damage to structures or to the drains and foundations of a property then this can become a huge issue and usually, the only alternative is the removal of the tree, occasionally a regimented pruning regime may be of help and mean the tree does not have to be removed. The damage to structures and property can be overcome by planting the correct species of tree for the situation in the first instance, but unfortunately, people with little knowledge or experience make the wrong decisions when planting trees near properties.

When a building development is planned it is normal for the design to take into account mature trees, there are normally guidelines in place that mean any removals are minimised due to local council guidelines. In the eventuality that trees do have to be removed then usually a policy is in place which means that more suitably chosen trees are planted to offset the removed specimens as part of the development process.

Of course, the last reason a tree may have to be removed is because of large scale disease such as Dutch Elm Disease or Ash Die-back which attack one particular species, in this case, the felling and removal is used as part of the process to control the disease. Stump grinding may then be used to ensure removal of the stump and roots which may carry disease.

How are trees felled or removed?

Trees are felled by differing methods, the first is a straight fell, where the whole tree is felled as one piece, this method is only used if space and safety permit. This method involves cutting a wedge from the tree trunk in the direction that it is intended for the tree to fall and then cutting into that wedge.

The second method of felling is used if there no space to fell the tree in one piece, in this case, the tree surgeon will enter the tree and climb to the top, the tree will then be cut into sections and the pieces safely lowered to the ground by a rope and pulley system, called rigging. This is a more time-consuming method but the only option if space is limited.

Andrew's Arboriculture are qualifed and experienced in all methods of tree felling, if you would like to discuss a tree felling or removal job please give Andrew a call on 07445811529 or 01493 719598.

A good tree surgeon or arborist would try to dissuade from tree felling or removal just for personal choice and would advise for pruning of some form instead.