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Tree Surgery:  Tree Removal and Pollarding


Tree Removal

Much as it sounds, Tree Removal entails complete removal of the tree leaving only the stump below ground level.  Tree Removal is recommended for safety reasons when a tree has died or is diseased, has suffered major damage (as in a storm or a vehicle collision), or has an unsafe structure (such as a pronounced lean or top-heaviness).  Trees can also be removed when they have outgrown a confined area and the main trunk, roots, or limbs are in contact with buildings, walls, and foundations.  Removing trees for other reasons is generally permitted only in non-conservation areas.


When a tree has become a problem yet complete removal is not desirable, sometimes a pollard is recommended.  Pollarding a tree is near complete removal while leaving a stark main trunk with no foliage.  The tree regenerates the following year with many sprouts forming from the heading cut and, in many species, the body of the trunk.  Pollarded trees are commonly left at a height of 6-10 feet with a single large heading cut on top; they can also be left higher at 10-20 feet with 3 or more headed-back limbs forming a more interesting structure and canopy when regeneration occurs.  It should be noted that sprouts forming from pollard cuts have weak connections and should not be left to grow into major limbs, as these very commonly fail when overgrown.  For this reason, it is recommended that pollarded trees be re-pollarded every 3-5 years, depending on species.  It should also be noted that some hardwoods and most conifers do not survive pollarding.

Below are some examples of Tree Removal and Tree Pollarding:

Diseased Beech Tree Removal in Chitterne, Wiltshire

Willow Tree Pollard in Hilmarton, Wiltshire