If you need a team of NPTC-qualified tree surgeons in Godalming, Surrey, or the local area, get in touch with the experts at Gristman Tree Surgery Ltd. Our professional team undertake a range of domestic and commercial services for clients, and this includes crown thinning and reduction, foliage removal, and professional pruning. We want to encourage the healthy growth of trees, and we’re more than happy to work on projects in conservation areas or on land with tree preservation orders (TPO).
Although we always try to preserve the lives of healthy trees, safety remains our paramount concern. Our goal is to eliminate dangers that affect the safety of property and people. We use sectional dismantling to fell dangerous trees, and by efficiently rigging and lowering sections of the tree, we ensure safe tree removal. After felling, we use specialist machinery to remove stump remnants and make surrounding areas as safe as possible.
Working closely with landowners and managers, we provide comprehensive management services for our heritage of ancient trees. We organise land and environmental surveys, and our detailed arboriculture tree reports help to identify potential risks. Following these investigations, we recommend and apply suitable treatments.
Our veteran tree management services are ideal for all major woodland and forestry management, private landowners, and councils. We also provide exceptional guidance for land development companies.
What You Can Expect from Us
Professional and Qualified Tree Surgeons
Crown Thinning and Crown Reduction
Tree Felling and Stump Grinding
Tree Planting and Sapling Management
Dangerous and Fallen Tree Removal
Veteran Tree Management
Hazardous Limb Removal
Professional Advice and Consultancy
Overgrown Hedges and Shrubbery
Fully Insured to the Value of £10m
Safe, Responsible Arboricultural Care
The crown lifting procedure covers the removal of lower limbs and prepares for the removal of other branches in the future. The process achieves uniform tree height from ground level.
This service is perfect if trees are preventing light from getting through, or if they’re obstructing traffic or pedestrians.
Crown thinning allows for the removal of secondary branches to achieve uniform limb structures without affecting the size or shape of a tree. The process improves light penetration and lowers wind resistance.
Tree surgeons use crown reduction to reduce the natural spread and height of the tree crown. The process sees the ends of selected branches removed practically without compromising the tree shape.
Traditionally, pollarding refers to the removal of limbs and branches from the trunk. If a mature specimen hasn’t undergone the procedure in the past, it’s unwise to use it in the future due to the large wounds that can endanger long-term tree health.
A more up-to-date definition of pollarding covers the regular cutting back of small branches on an annual or biannual basis to form a pollard head at a specific point.
Formative pruning establishes a solid branch structure or creates a desired shape during the earlier years of tree growth. It also corrects weaknesses and defects as early as possible.
Tree surgeons use drop crotch pruning to shorten branches by pruning back to a lateral limb. The remaining limb must be a minimum of one-third in diameter of the removed section.
Tree surgeons sometimes recommend branch removal to eliminate potential hazards, improve lines of vision, or allow access for vehicles and machinery. This is often done in conjunction with detailed surveys and an arboriculture report.
Deadwood removal is a procedure that sees dead limbs and branches cut from the tree canopy. The process covers everything from small branches to the biggest limbs and creates safer woodland environments.
The target pruning method is an overall pattern of care that focuses on the needs of the tree, directing pruning by removing material that is no longer contributing to the tree’s health or beauty.
Shade-out Die Back
Rubbing and Crossing Branches
Narrow Crotching Structures
Root Crown Shoots
The largest cuts are made first. As the deadwood is removed the tree is reduced to a more sustainable form and it is easier to assess its needs. This is a continuing process throughout the pruning. As material is removed, the tree is observed and more corrections are identified.
This is the complete felling of a tree to ground level and often includes the careful removal and lowering of branches to minimise impact. Rigging techniques and equipment help the work team to do this safely. Cranes are sometimes used.
Stump removal may be done by hand or machine, depending on size. It is not always appropriate to remove every stump, as they provide an important habitat for some endangered UK insects, including stag beetles.
Stumps infected with honey fungus should always be removed to avoid the propagation and spread of this aggressive pathogen.
Please contact us with any questions or comments using the information below. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!
11 The Horseshoe, Godalming,
Surrey, GU7 2LW
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