Pruning TPO trees in Wolverhampton

September 20, 2012 3 By Richard

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.

Beech tree leaning over road

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

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