Pollarding trees is an ancient method of tree management that involves removing the top of a young tree so that multiple stems sprout out from that point. Traditionally this was done to generate firewood, poles or fodder, but it is also a useful way to stabilise a tree by removing all the lateral branches, taking it down to a bare stem so that it regrows from the point where you cut it.
Another benefit of pollarding is that it can keep trees and shrubs to the desired height. It can reduce the shade cast by a tree or prevent it from outgrowing its allotted space. Pollarded trees are a common sight on town and city streets, where the technique is used to stop them obstructing electric wires and streetlights.
Not all trees respond well to pollarding, so it’s important to consider whether this is the right approach for the species of tree you have. Trees that do respond well include London plane, common lime, ash, elm, willow, poplar, elder, gum, mulberry, oak, tulip tree and some species of acer.
Pollarding should be repeated annually, always cutting back to the initial pollard point.
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We have been pollarding trees since 2000 and are ideally placed to advise you on whether pollarding is the best option for your tree, and to carry out the work to the appropriate safety standards, using the correct equipment.
Our owner Alan Tibbs holds an NVQ Level 2 in arboriculture and a Royal Forestry Society (RFS) certificate in arboriculture. The rest of the team are trained at least trained to NPTC (National Proficiency Test Council) level, and all have first aid certificates. If you have a tree you think would benefit from pollarding, give us a call to discuss your options.
If you have a tree you think would benefit from pollarding, give us a call to discuss your options. Take advantage of our FREE tree surgery quotation today by calling 07810 307 908