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Crown Reduction

Plane tree pruning in Heaton Mersey, Stockport

Tree pruning in Stockport

Gareth having a well earned breather after a tricky ascent.
Lovely day for it.

Sycamore tree pruning in Sale

Tree pruning in Sale

This is the second time we have visited to prune this tree, after a harsh pruning by someone before us.
The first time we managed to establish a new framework which was suitable for future growth and this time we managed to shape that growth into a neat balanced crown.

Tree pruning in Stretford, Manchester
Ash tree pruning in Stretford, Manchester - before pruning

Ash tree pruning in Stretford, Manchester – before pruning

Ash tree pruning in Stretford, Manchester - after pruning

Ash tree pruning in Stretford, Manchester – after pruning

The tree had outgrown its space and was pushing the fence. We were asked to do a heavy crown reduction prune. As you can see in the after picture, we left a balanced shape with an adequate crown to support the health of the tree. The bottom picture shows the tree one month after pruning.

Diseased Ash tree pruning in Sale


This tree has a fungus called Ganoderma. It can live inside a tree without killing it if the tree is vigorous enough in its annual growth increment. Basically the tree needs to out grow the fungus and throw some chemical barriers up against it to slow or stop it’s spread. 

Due to the large fungal bracket on the stem, we opted for a heavy crown reduction/pollard. This serves to re-invigorate an Ash tree and apply less stress on the roots and vascular system.‎

Also the sail effect or strain on the structure is significantly reduced. ‎

Pruning an Oak tree in Sale, Manchester

Pruning an Oak tree in Sale, Manchester. Whilst the tree was well loved, it had started to out grow it’s space so a crown reduction was necessary. This involved reducing the tips of each branch to a suitable growth point in order that you don’t kill any part of the tree. This technique successfully contains a trees growth but also allows for sufficient foliage to be retained so as not to damage the tree. Normally you can achieve a well balanced shape and provide a good framework for future growth.

Birch tree pruning in Sale, Manchester

Before picture

After picture

A well loved Silver Birch tree owned by a member of the woodland trust needed a delicate prune to contain it’s growth without compromising it’s health. It now looks more of a size to fit the garden and casts a lot less shadow over the plants and patio. 

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