Above; trimming and reducing a large conifer hedge for Polypipe on Wheatley hall road, Doncaster
This work was the result of a lack of maintenance on a large row of conifers. The trees were overhanging a neighboring property by up to 3 meters in places. Legally a property owner can cut trees back to their boundary (with the relevant permission if in a Conservation area or the trees have a protection order on them). In this case this was a last resort for the property owner and not something we would typically advise doing.
The 3 photos below are a 3 meter reduction of a row of Beech trees planted along a rear boundary of a property. The trees were approximately 13 meters before reduction and 10 meters after.
The little van back from the sign writers and having collected the chipper from its annual service. We'll be using the little van for our smallest jobs, and largest jobs where extra equipment is needed
Below are photos of a heavy reduction on a Cherry tree (Dec 2017). Ideally this would have been done a few years ago to avoid making large pruning wounds on the tree...to give a perspective of size, the ladder in the left photo is extended to 6.5 meters (for accessing the tree only)
A significant laurel hedge reduction in Sprotbrough. This hedge had been left unmaintained for about 5 years. The resultant day light which was opened up on completion was significant to both properties.
The above photos are of an Ash tree we looked at a couple of months ago. The tree had a history of falling branches. After some investigation we found a fungal fruiting body at the base and after further investigation concluded that it was probably quite extensive decay. As you can see it is very bad indeed. We were happy to see the right decision was made to remove the tree when we sectionally felled it this week (19th April 2017). Looking at the state of the base, we would have expected this tree to fail in the next 5 years. The tree was next to a road, a frequently used footpath and 2 bungalows...you know its bad when you can climb inside the tree where the roots should be.
A job from January 2017 for Stagecoach Yorkshire at their Rawmarsh site. We reduced this large conifer hedge by 30% to address safety concerns from residents to the rear of the hedge and increase natural lighting for them. They were also in a very exposed setting and becoming more susceptible to wind damage. Management of these trees for the future should be re reducing them about every 4 to 5 years.
(Above photo), A 30% crown reduction of a semi mature Beech tree in the Walled Garden at St Catherines hospital on Tickhill road. The tree was getting a bit big for where it had been planted, but the grounds staff were very keen to keep it. We'll probably be re reducing this on a 3 year cycle. A nice Victorian tearoom and vegetable/plant garden for a lazy day. Couple of other photo's below.
Working for Dunsville primary school last week in Doncaster. Much of the work involved was felling Poplars on the boundary which were planted around 12-15 years ago by a building contractor. This is a classic case of wrong tree in the wrong place as there are properties immediately surrounding the school boundary. The residents were very happy that the Poplars were removed leaving a mixed mature boundary of Field Maple, Everygreen Oak, Sycamore etc
A 50% hedge reduction in Thorne a couple of weeks ago, not ideal in terms of arboriculture. A better, but obviously more costly and time consuming method would have been a 30% reduction followed by a 20% reduction the following year when the trees vigour had been assessed.
24/05/2016. A lateral reduction on 2 Oak trees in Scawthorpe. The objective was to achieve better lighting in and around the bungalow. The specification was to reduce the one nearest the house back so it was inline with the edge of the roof and lift some of the lower branches over the driveway on the other. All parties were happy with the end result; significantly more natural light coming through to the property & not too detrimental to the overall shape of the 2 trees.
The largest Oak to the left of this text we believe to be 200 years+. The Oak is putting increasing pressure on a high profile wall making up the boundary between 2 properties. We are working with and encouraging the owner to look at engineering solutions for the wall to be locally modified to accommodate the incremental growth of the stem....hopefully more to follow on this one.
A nice job to finish the week; a 25% crown reduction of a Birch in the village of 'Misson' near Bawtry. 100% healthy tree but customer worried about the tree becoming increasingly susceptible to damage in high winds... Hazard management.
A before shot whilst reshaping a 60 foot Ash tree in Wilsic last week, as you can see its quite one sided due to multiple storm damage events over the years. We reduced the crown by 25%, to re balance it and hopefully make it less susceptible to future damage....and then forgot to take an 'after' shot, so more to follow on this one.
A before & after shot of a 70 foot Ash tree we crown lifted in Sprotbrough this week, very happy with the end result.
Reducing & reshaping an ornamental pear tree in Bawtry, would look much better with some blue sky behind it :( (08/10/15)
Dismantling a declining Sycamore in a Woodland recreational area for the NHS.