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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.
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.
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.