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Tree Reduction

What are the different types of

tree reduction?

Tree reduction involves removing branch tips and pruning the crown of the tree to a point further down the branch.  The purpose of this is to remove dead, diseased and damaged branches, or to reduce the size of the tree to prevent it from blocking light or hitting buildings and wires.

We offer a professional, honest and reliable tree reduction service.  Our tree surgeons advise on the best course of action, taking you through the steps they carry out to complete the tree reduction.   

There are three main types of tree reduction which a tree surgeon may carry out to keep the tree healthy and safe.  A qualified arborist will assess the tree to understand not only the risks associated with tree reduction but also things like does the tree has a preservation order or how near it is to structures.

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Crown Thinning

Crown thinning is the removal of a few smaller branches, normally at the outer crown, to produce an even density of foliage around the branches.  Crown thinning does not change the overall size or shape of the tree.  Crown thinning should not take away more than 30% overall.

Reasons for crown thinning include:

  • Allowing more light to pass through
  • Reduce wind resistance and potential storm damage
  • Reduce weight
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Crown Lifting

Crown lifting removes or shortens the lower branches of a tree, and removal should be restricted to less than 15% of the crown.  It should give a specified clearance from the ground.

Reasons for crown lifting include:

  • Allowing more light to plants and items under the tree
  • Enables structures to sit under under the tree or people to access under it
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Crown Reduction

Crown reduction is the reduction in height and/or spread of the crown of a tree.  The final result should maintain the shape and form of the tree, but assist in any of the following: 

  • Reduce stress and weakness on individual branches or the whole tree
  • Improve the form and shape of the tree
  • Reduce shading and blocking of light by the tree



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