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Tree Surgery


    Crown Reduction

    This is a tree surgery operation that results in an overall reduction in the height of a tree and usually also its spread. This is achieved by a general shortening of twigs and/or branches whilst maintaining the main framework of the tree.

    The reasons for carrying out a Crown Reduction may be to:
    Reduce the size of a tree that has grown too large for its situation
    Formatively prune a young tree to maintain it at a smaller size
    Attempt to increase the light penetration to a garden or property below

    Crown Thinning

    Crown thinning is a tree surgery operation to remove a certain proportion of the small, live branches throughout the crown of the tree. The crown thin should leave an even density of foliage around a well-spaced and well balanced branch structure.

    The percentage of the leaf-bearing branches that are removed in a crown thin should be specified as a percentage of the total. As a general rule no more than 25-30% should be removed in one growing season. A good tree surgeon will also remove any dead, dying, crossing or otherwise defective branches during a crown thinning operation.

    The reasons for carrying out a Crown Thin may be to:
    • Open up a canopy to allow greater light penetration to the area below.
    • Increase the air flow and light penetration within a fruit tree.
    • Benefit the visual appearance of a tree.


    Crown Lifting

    Crown Lifting is a tree surgery operation where lower branches are pruned or removed in order to give a specified vertical clearance.

    The reason for carrying out a crown lift may be to:
    • Give clearance to a walkway or car-parking space
    • Give greater feeling of openness to a garden area or house
    • Increase light penetration to a house or garden
    • To create or improve access for large vehicles along roadways or site entrances


    Pollarding is a woodland management method, but has in recent years found its way into the practice of arboriculture. The process involves the removal of all branches and most limbs resulting in the remainder of only the trunk and occasionally a framework of the major limbs. A tree that is pollarded is known as a pollard. A tree which has not been pollarded is called a maiden tree, which also refers to the fact that pollarding is normally first undertaken when a tree is quite young. After a tree has been pollarded the tree is given some time to re grow, after which the process may be repeated. Originally this management method was carried out to stop browsing animals reaching the new shoots and growth within the woodland environment.

    Selective Pruning

    Selective pruning is a tree surgery operation where, as the name suggests, only selected branches are pruned.

    The reasons for carrying Selective Pruning may be to:
    • To remove or shorten branches extending over a roof or boundary, for example
    • Aesthetically correct a trees shape where some branches have over-extended, perhaps on one side
    • Re-establish a branch structure after incorrect tree surgery or heavy pruning
    • To create or improve access for large vehicles along roadways or site entrances
    • To re-shape a tree after storm damage

    Dead Wood Removal

    Deadwood removal is a tree surgery operation where, as the name suggests, branches that have died or are dying are removed. Often the deadwood is removed back to the nearest live wood, and often to the point where the tree has naturally separated itself from the deadwood.

    The reasons for Removing Dead Wood may be to:
    • Remove branches that may eventually fall, causing damage or injury
    • Aesthetically improve the appearance of a specimen tree
    • Provide a benchmarking point, so future dieback can be monitored
    • Remove diseased parts of a tree that may act as a source of further infection

    Contact us for a free, no obligation quote for our tree pruning services. We will be happy to assist you.

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    Temple Tree Care
    Hovefields Avenue, Wickford
    Essex, SS12 9JA

    Freephone: 0800 231 5641
    Email: info@templetreecare.co.uk

    Essex: 01268 857780
    Kent: 01322 518647
    London: 0208 485 9668