Tree work generally falls into two categories:-
- Arboriculture - individual or small groups of trees planted and maintained in the landscape for amenity purposes
- Forestry - generally trees planted on a large scale and harvested for timber
Robinson's Trees works exclusively with amenity trees in the former category which are most likely to be situated in gardens, parks, streets and public footpaths. There are many health and safety regulations which tree surgeons must adhere to, as well as best practice guidance, the most important of which is the British Standard 3998 : 2010 Tree Work Recommendations.
Robinson’s Trees offers the following expertise:-
- Tree surgery (crown thinning, crown lifting, crown reduction),
- Tree pollarding (where the crown is severely reduced to a point from which all new growth emerges)
- Tree felling using specialist rigging, lifting and lowering systems
- Tree planting
- Hedge cutting
We also liaise with planning authorities if property is in a Conservation Area or the trees are subject to a Tree Preservation Order as well as with utility companies where trees are near to overhead or underground cables.
This mostly involves thinning, reducing or raising the canopy (also referred to as crown lifting) as well as the removal of dead, dying or diseased wood. Each tree will be individually considered in relation to its species, shape, size, character, condition and situation so that the work undertaken leaves it in a well-balanced condition. Where there are spatial restrictions, all large limbs are lowered by ropes and slings to avoid damage to the tree and its surroundings.
The pollarding of a tree is the most drastic form of pruning where the crown is removed leaving the main stem. This form of pruning can prolong the life of the tree by promoting new growth and has been a traditional way of dealing with overgrown and wind-thrown trees alongside water courses, such as Poplar and Willow.
In open situations a tree may be straight felled with the use of pulling ropes and felling wedges as required to ensure the correct direction of the fall. Where the tree is in a confined space or there is a risk of damage occurring to any property or harm to the public, the tree is removed in sections. This technical felling technique involves dismantling the tree by step cutting and breaking off, aided by lowering ropes and pulleys as necessary. We have expertise in the use of cranes should this be required.
All sizes of trees can be supplied and planted. Usually the on-going maintenance is the responsibility of the client. Bare-rooted saplings are best planted in the autumn and winter while container grown trees can be planted at any time of year. On-going maintenance to ensure successful establishment is essential and involves watering, formative pruning and sometimes root feeding to encourage healthy growth.
The best time for trimming and reducing conifer hedges is in summer so that any new growth is hardened off before the winter. Deciduous hedges can be trimmed at any time of year, but preferably avoiding Spring and early Summer where nesting birds are present.
Since there has been much dispute over tall hedges, in planning terms a hedge is now defined as where two or more trees are growing together. Legislation was introduced in 2005 to help resolve disputes over hedges without involving solicitors. The local council has the authority to adjudicate and to decide whether or not the hedge should be modified. For a summary guide click here and for more detailed information on the legislation click here.