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Tree Surgery

Should you require a whole tree removing, or just a small branch removing. No job is too small. All work is carried out to B.S 3998: 2010 (Tree Work. Recommendations). The site is always left as clean and tidy as possible. The client can decide whether to keep chips and wood, or have everything removed.

At Wensleydale Tree & Horticultural Services Ltd you will find little mention of 'lopping' and 'topping'. Both these words were and still are used in tree surgery. However, no arborist worth his salt will undertake these outdated practices. It's surprising the amount of clients who want their tree reduced in height (topped). In most instances there is an alternative, resulting in a better looking tree. Once the alternatives are explained, most people are happy with the finished appearance of the tree.


A very common practice, usually undertaken to allow more light through the canopy. Usually, no more than about 30% of the crown is removed. All dead wood, major crossing/rubbing branches etc should be removed. Removing too much can result in the tree becoming stressed. Just like us, once stressed trees can become prone to invasion by other pathogens, for example, wood decay fungi. The added advantage of crown thinning is that wind is allowed through the canopy, reducing the chance of wind blow and branch failure. Hopefully, once finished the tree should look well balanced. Crown thinning is my most common alternative to 'topping'.


The lower branches of the tree are removed. This can be done to allow in more light, but is usually carried out because the lower limbs are causing problems for clients. Again, the lower crown of the tree should look balanced when finished.


The sympathetic reduction in length from the whole of the canopy. Not something which I undertake very often. Quite species dependent, as some species don't  respond too well to being reduced. However, sometimes it can't be avoided. usually undertaken if there is doubt about the structural stability or safety of the tree. Very much a last resort.

Projects: Click on photo's for further photographs.

A line of 25 diseased poplar trees. Removed on behalf of The Caravan Club.

Removal of Corsican pine at Askrigg School. The tree had a weak union of the two main stems. This had developed into an ever expanding crack. A structural liability.

Crown thinning of a cherry tree. The tree had a lot of crossing branches and was making life difficult when mowing under it. The aim is to keep the shape of the tree looking natural. At the same time allowing more light through the canopy.

We also have a powerful, yet manoverable which can be used to remove those troublesome stumps.