Tree Pruning

Experts at all aspects of tree pruning including crown reduction, thinning, crown lifts and pollarding.

Tree surgeons in North London

Crown Reduction

A crown reduction is suitable for most trees that need work on. This is the act of taking making a tree smaller all round by carefully pruning the tree to reduce the height and spread from the tree. To keep the tree in good health and shape we carefully select which branches to remove, and by leaving growth points on the tree. Just to name a few, crown reductions are useful for allowing more light to penetrate the ground below and surrounding areas as well as to keep them in shape or to remove some weight from less healthy trees to ensure they’re safe.

Formative Pruning

With the process of formative pruning, we can compel trees to grow in certain directions and shapes and with thicker branches. This form of pruning is undertaken and is most effective on younger trees that have never been worked on before. One common appliance of this is with fruit trees, pruning fruit trees in particular ways can control the amount of fruit they bare in the the future.

Crown Thinning

If you opt for our crown thinning service, one of our expert arborists will carefully choose selective branches inside the canopy of the tree, such as deadwood and unhealthy branches or rubbing branches to name a few. This will allow more light to penetrate through the tree to the lower limbs and also the ground below and also promotes healthy new growth making the tree stronger.

Crown Lift

A Crown Lift entails removing the lower branches from the stem of a tree and any drooping parts like on weeping willows, to ensure x amount of meters clearance from the ground below. This will allow for space for vehicles, headroom and also allows more light to penetrate the ground. With younger trees, this will also encourage them grow taller and straighter, reducing their lower canopy spread in the future.


Pollarding certain species of trees with good stress resilience such as London planes and Limes commonly seen in urban areas is a good way of keeping a tree at a certain size for a number of reasons, one being to stop the roots from growing and causing damage to property. This entails removing all of the greenery on the tree and cutting it quite drastically back to its previous points or desired size. When we drastically remove growth from the tree cutting back it decreases its need for water, thus lets its roots die back. Pollarding won’t look as glamorous as a nice reduction but is a cheaper way to manage trees and can give them a long life. After pollarding a tree, you will soon see they drastically sprout out with new epicormic growth from all of the pollard points and stem. So although they may look quite bare immediately after, they soon bounce back harder!

Areas Covered

Based in Enfield, we provide our extensive tree care and hedge maintenance services to all towns, villages and areas within a 30 mile radius including:

If you would like to discuss your tree care requirements we would love to hear from you:

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