Pollarding of an Oak tree

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This Oak tree in West Sussex was approx 80 foot high and the owner’s property was in perpetual shade due to the vast size of this tree.

I was asked to quote for a pollarding of the tree to 30feet high. On seeing the tree I tried to persuade my client that this was too severe and that the tree would never regain the stature or beauty of the mature tree that it was. I recommended that even a 30% crown reduction of the tree would be detrimental to the tree’s health. My client insisted that the tree was too large for the garden and that the tree was to be pollarded.

I checked on the status of the tree with the local council, the tree did not have a tree preservation order on it and it was not within a conservation area, therefore there were not legal restrictions to undertaking any works to the tree.

Pollarding of Oak tree

Pollarding of Oak tree

Due to the proximity of three fences a hedge and a road all of the timber had to be lowered by rope.

Pollarding of an Oak tree

Pollarding of an Oak tree

The pollarding was done as sensitively as possible, leaving as much epicormic growth on the remaining limbs and shaping the tree as wide as possible to reflect the stature and broad canopy of the mighty oak. All the timber was left on site cut up into 2 foot lengths for my client to use as firewood.

Pollarding of Oak tree

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