One of our customers received a letter from Wolverhampton council requiring them to remove all branches overhanging the highway up to a height of 5.2m. The beech tree was overshadowed by a sycamore growing next door forcing the beech to grow away from the sycamore and out over the road.
The large limb projecting over the road held a lot of weight and the tree looked out of balance, heavily weighted on the road side. To prevent the limb, or even the whole tree, from failing and falling across the road we decided a reduction was needed.
The leaning stem and right hand limb could be a future problem. With the tree heavily weighted over the public highway a reduction was conducted to keep the tree from failing in the future.
We applied to Wolverhampton council to work on the tree which was protected by a tree preservation order (TPO). Such an order requires owners to seek planning permission before conducting any work on the trees covered by the order¹.
A few weeks later we were granted permission to reduce the whole tree by a third and further reduce the large road side limb to reduce its weight.
We removed as much as we could from the top and road side of the tree without affecting the tree’s long term health. Climbing the tree to perform the reduction allowed us to perform a full aerial inspection of the tree. Some squirrel damaged and cross rubbing branches were removed but other wise the tree appeared in good health
Beech tree after a 30% reduction
By reducing the tree we have help move the centre of gravity back towards the main stem. We have also reduced the amount of weight over the road and the smaller size has reduced wind loading across the crown. We left sufficient growth points to allow the tree to continue to grow long into the future.
¹ There are exceptions where permission is not needed. Removing deadwood is one such exemption. Please feel free to contact us for some free advice about your tree
Remember the hot weather a month or so ago? Well it was durning that time we were contacted about a large conifer hedge at a Wolverhampton home near Tetenhall, Newbridge to be precise.
Most of the garden under the trees was taken up by a large fish pond and extracting the waste up the steps and through the garage would have been hard slow work. Luckily to the right of the garden there was an industrial unit – Wolves Hire . They were happy for us to use the area in front of the unit as a drop zone for the branches we were removing.
All of the branches had to be passed over to the right
The ones on the left were easy to work on and one climber worked to make enough room to pass the ones further away through the gap made. When we were to far to pass the branches safely to the ground a second climber was used to pass the branches along the hedge before passing them to the waiting ground staff.
We worked from right to left, passing the removed branches over to the right hand side of the picture
The job went smoothly and the customer was left with more light but without loosing any privacy and, despite the threatening skys, we did not get wet.
If you have a tree which needs attention please do get in touch
We conducted a crown lift an oak tree last week for a customer in Wolverhampton. The tree had be worked on in the past on the neighbour’s side which had given an unbalanced crown shape. As you can see in the first picture the branches on the right side of the tree are much higher than those on the left. We removed some of the lower branches to try and rebalance the crown and also let some more light into the customer’s garden. We removed as many branches as we could without leaving the tree an unnatural shape and reduced one of the longer branches. After a quick cup of tea and a tidy up we left the customer happy and looking forward to a less shaded summer.