Tree Felling

Tree felling is the removal of a tree to ground level. Generally trees are removed due to poor health or inappropriate size/form for the location. Tree Felling can be undertaken by a number of methods, which will be decided by our expert team upon our site survey. Tree felling without causing damage to the surrounding area is a skilled process, especially in congested areas such as London. For stump removal please see the below section on stumps.

Standard Felling: A Standard Fell is used when there is sufficient room for the tree to be felled using a series of directional cuts from the ground. Once the tree has been felled, our teams will process the tree into manageable sized sections to be removed. Our teams will remove all parts/mess produced by the felling, from the heavy timber down to leaves and sawdust. All our teams are fully accredited with the all relevant LANTRA and NPTC qualifications to carry out Standard Felling (CS30/CS31/CS32).

Section Felling: Section Felling is used when the tree is located in a confined space and there is not sufficient room to perform a standard fell from the ground. Section felling is a common technique within cities as it allows for better control of timber sections within confined spaces. Our expert climbers will ascend the tree using LOLER complaint climbing equipment and tools, working in a methodical manner to remove the tree safely in sections using modern rigging equipment. Our team have over 20 year’s experience in the removal of large trees within confined spaces and all our team are accredited with all required LANTRA and NPTC climbing and rigging qualifications for Section Felling (CS38/CS39/CS41).

LANTRA Qualified

NPTC Qualified

Fully Insured

Competitive Quotes

We Complete Tree Removal Planning Applications

1. Free quotation

We will visit in order to assess the tree works that are required. Our experienced team will advise on the price and best way to complete the works.

2. Dates confirmed

It's a date! If a planning notice is required, we will take care of this ahead of confirming a date to complete the works.

3. Job complete

Our experienced team will complete the job at hand, on time and with great care and attention given to surrounding premises.

4. After care

We can book in return visits at regular intervals to complete your tree services and maintain the work that is completed


What Our Customers Have to Say

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

A: It is recommended that trees are worked on after leaf fall and before bud burst. This however is not true for all species so we would prefer to look at each tree individually and give you a written report. Some examples of trees requiring work at other times are Cherry, Plum and related trees (Prunus species) These should be pruned soon after flowering to reduce the risk of bacterial infection. Maple and Birch should not be pruned in the spring to avoid ‘bleeding’ (exuding sap), which although not considered damaging can be unsightly. Magnolia and Walnut should only be pruned in high summer. Most common species of hedges can be cut any time of the year but again we would confirm this after inspection.

Whilst it is true to say that most trees grow in similar ways, very few trees live in the same environment. It is practically impossible to cost a tree work job over the phone. For us to accurately advise you of the cost and extent of any required work, it is important that one of our qualified surveyors carries out a site inspection. This is a free no obligation exercise. We have many things to take into consideration such as access for machinery and equipment required to do the work, assessment of the trees in question and ease of disposal of wood and arisings

Your common law rights allow you to remove any of your neighbours’ branches that cross your boundary without the need to seek your neighbours’ permission, although you may wish to notify your neighbour of your intentions. You should not cross the boundary or dispose of the branches or other material from the tree into your neighbours’ property, but first ask if they wish to have the material returned to them. If they do not want it, it will be your responsibility to arrange disposal.

 

If the tree is protected by a tree preservation order or is located within a conservation area you will need to seek permission before undertaking work to living parts of the tree.

Trees with a Tree Preservation Order are specially selected for their beauty, prominence, history and are of high value to the local area. As such, the Local Authority mark them on a plan and have a number in a schedule. 
 
If trees on your property have Preservation Orders on them, it doesn’t mean that you cannot do any work on them but you will need to obtain permission from the Local Authority before work can be carried out and this permission can take time to obtain. 
 
Tree Surgeons London will automatically check to see if your trees have Preservation Orders on them before any work is carried out and if they do, we will ensure we get the required permission.

You can carry out whatever work is needed to make the tree safe. The work must be the minimum needed and additional work will require an application of consent. You must inform us as soon as possible if you have carried out work to a damaged protected tree or if a protected tree has been blown over into your garden. You may be required to replace a protected tree that has been blown down or felled.

If possible take a photograph of the storm damage or get a professional tree surgeon to make a written report, as it will be your responsibility to prove that the work carried out was essential to make the tree safe

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.

Trees within conservation areas are given special protection because of the contribution they make to an area and unauthorised felling or lopping of trees carries the same penalties as trees protected by a tree preservation order. You will need to apply for consent to carry out works to a tree located in a conservation area.

If you destroy or damage a tree you could be fined up to £20,000 if convicted in the magistrates court.

For other offences you could be fined up to £2,500. If the tree was cut down or destroyed you will normally have to plant a replacement tree.

Yes. All of our staff are highly qualified in tree surgery and have NPTC and LANTRA qualifications for the tasks they carry out.

 
Yes, we currently have £5 million public liability insurance with a specialist tree surgeon insurance company, and we also have £10 million employers liability insurance cover.
Yes we will remove all debris caused by the work, unless you wish us to leave it with you. Some people like to chop it into logs for firewood or use it to create a habitat in their garden for insects and wildlife. If the woodchip is of a good quality we are sometimes asked to leave it with the customer for use within the garden. 
 
Well over 95% of debris removed will be re-used or recycled.

There are many different types of tree work operations that can improve views. Reducing the tree or crown raising can be very effective ways of achieving this. Even if trees are protected works are often allowed with the correct application.

 
 
Tree surgeons should have recognised Arboriculture qualifications and should be able to provide proof of these if asked to before any work is carried out. 
 
Proof of liability insurance should also be asked for if you are in any doubt and any tree surgeon should be happy to supply this. 
 
Operatives should not normally use spikes to climb a tree which is not being felled as this harms the tree and many cheaper firms will use them as it is a quick way of climbing the tree. Only use spikes on trees to be felled, and occasionally on extra large trees or where climber safety is an issue.