Crown works

Elmbridge Tree Services offer a range of procedures to change the height, spread and density of a tree’s crown. These works may be required for health and safety reasons or to improve or maintain the look of a tree and its suitability for the location in which it is planted.

Crown thinning

This process involves the removal of crossing, dead, damaged or rubbing branches throughout the tree’s crown while leaving the main branch structure intact, giving an even density of foliage and allowing more light through the tree. Crown thinning also allows more air to circulate through the crown, reducing the tree’s wind resistance which can improve the resilience of a structurally weak tree.

Crown lifting

Crown lifting involves raising the tree canopy to a required height by removing the tree’s lower branches back to the main trunk. This procedure is often required to allow clearance height for vehicles or pedestrians along roads or paths. This is best carried out on young trees as part of their formative pruning.

Crown reduction

When a tree starts to outgrow or dominate its location, we can perform a crown reduction to reduce the overall volume of the tree. This involves pruning the branches to appropriate growth points right across the tree’s canopy, reducing the crown while retaining the characteristic form of the tree. This type of work is often required to keep tree canopies safely below overhead cables.

Crown works