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Tom Gooders Tree Surgery 07817572291

13 - Oct - 2011

All aspects of tree work professionally undertaken


Types of Tree Surgery work undertaken


Our services explained

Tree Surgery covers a broad range of practices, here is a clear definition of a few of the services we provide.

Crown Reductions

This process involves reducing the size of the tree's overall canopy. This is achieved by pruning the branches evenly throughout the crown. During this process dangerous deadwood and crossing branches are removed or pruned to minimize the possibility of pathogens and disease infecting the tree.

We can work to detailed specifications, such as reducing the tree by a certain percentage - say 25%; taking no more than so many centimetres off the overall tree - say 20 centimetres; or working to reduce the tree to a specified height and radius - say 10 meters height and a radius or 6 meters. In mature trees, we remove no more than 30% of the foliage to ensure the tree stays healthy and keeps a natural look.


* Enhances aesthetics
* Prevents later damage
* Corrects unbalanced weight issues
* Ensures healthy re-growth
* Reduces vigorous growth
* No need to "trim" again for 3-4 years

Crown Thinning

Crown Thinning involves the selective removal of inner branches evenly throughout the tree's crown. This is an effective method of allowing light to travel through the crown and allows air to circulate more effectively throughout the canopy without altering the tree's natural shape. As with Crown Reduction, all dangerous dead wood and crossing branches are removed during this operation.


* Provides more light
* Tree looks less heavy
* Improves health of remaining branches
* Keeps size & shape of tree
* Protects main branches

Crown Lifting

As the process suggests, Crown lifting is the removal of selected branches and limbs from the lower part of the tree's crown, thus lifting the crowns overall height. Depending on the location of the tree, this process is generally performed to ensure vehicles and people can pass safely underneath avoiding accidents and injury. This process also allows more light to penetrate through the lower crown.


* More space under the tree
* Provides more light
* Allow a view
* Enhance aesthetics
* Maintain health of tree

Formative Pruning

Formative pruning for young trees
We take control of your tree at early stages of development, to help to shape the tree as it grows into maturity. This means you don't need to prune heavily in future. Pruning early in the tree's life also helps to prolong its life expectancy. Formative pruning affects the spacing, orientation, shape and size of branches as the tree matures - and therefore encourages the tree to grow into a better shape.

A cut in time saves your tree

Trees do not heal the way people do. When a tree is wounded, it must grow over the wound. This means, the wound is contained within the tree forever. Small cuts do less damage to the tree than large cuts. That is why it is far better to prune trees when they are young. Waiting until a tree is mature to prune it will result in large cuts that the tree cannot easily close. However, give your tree a couple of years to take root and establish itself first.

Be sure to employ a qualified tree surgeon, as poor pruning will cause damage that will last for the life of the tree.


* Gives the tree shape
* Establishes a strong trunk
* Lives longer
* Prune less heavily later
* Prune less often when mature
* Reduces risk of large tree wounds
* Limits weak structural features


Pollarding is a woodland management method, but has in recent years found its way into the practice of arboriculture. The process involves the removal of all branches and most limbs resulting in the remainder of only the trunk and occasionally a framework of the major limbs. A tree that is pollarded is known as a pollard. A tree which has not been pollarded is called a maiden tree; which also refers to the fact that pollarding is normally first undertaken when a tree is quite young. After a tree has been pollarded the tree is given some time to re grow, after which the process may be repeated.

Limb Removal

Sometimes it is necessary to remove certain branches of a tree's crown without fully reducing, thinning or lifting the crown. For example, if a large branch or number of branches have travelled over a boundary, they may have to be removed. This process generally involves removing as little live growth as possible to ensure the health and stability of the tree.


As a tree grows it is natural for some branches to die back. Branches that do not produce enough carbohydrates from photosynthesis to sustain themselves die and are eventually shed, however for safety reasons it is advisable to have your tree regularly inspected and cleared of any deadwood.


Ocassionaly a tree will need to be removed completely, this can be for a number of reasons. In the interests of conservation a diseased tree may have to be removed to ensure neighbouring trees do not also become infected. Other reasons to fell a tree will include safety (to people and property) i.e if a tree is in a state of decay or in a weakend condition, or if the tree is in an unsuitable area affecting planning applications and construction projects. Felling a large tree in a restricted area will normally require the tree to be climbed and dismantled in sections. Other times when space, safety and the tree's form and allows, a tree may be felled in the traditional forestry sense of the term, by bringing the tree to ground using practiced methods to ensure a safe, controlled and calculated fell.

Fallen Trees

When a tree falls down it is usually due to the tree's age, health, or the result of some exceptionally bad stormy weather. Normally it is a combination of all three. Should you have a fallen tree that requires removal we will come to inspect the tree and if possible begin working to remove it for you as soon as we can. Depending on the size and location of the fallen tree safety must be the immediate consideration, and we will always try to treat these cases as a priority.


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