Last winter The Tree Company pruned an old Acer capadocicum for one of our longest standing clients. Our client’s home is located right on the banks of the river Thames in southwest London and boasts a lovely collection of trees. We have enjoyed being their preferred tree surgeons for over 15 years, and it means we have got to know their trees very well.
The Acer is a great specimen and is fully-grown. Over the years we have thinned out the middle of the tree to allow light to the lawn. Sadly the tree is now getting on a bit and we need to manage its eventual decline.
The best way to do this is to carry out light reductions over a long period of time. So at the beginning of this year we did a 15% crown reduction using only hand tools, the trusty Silky saw and Felco secateurs.
In around 3-5 years time, depending on the response from this year’s reduction, we will carry out a further light reduction.
The aim is to reduce the size of the crown without shocking it too much, and to promote some growth lower down in the crown (which is lacking due to the historic thinning) thus creating a smaller more compact crown which should lead to a longer life for the tree and extended enjoyment for our client.
The Tree Company was asked by one of our clients in South West London to install a rope swing into their tree. This was a fun change from the reduction, felling and thinning work which makes up the vast majority of our business.
We were doing some other tree work in their garden and they had identified a fine Beech tree in which to hang the swing. Our client had sourced the swing from a lovely family company http://www.sittingspiritually.co.uk/two-seater-tree-swing. Our job was to assess the tree to make sure it was safe and tie in the swing.
The Tree Company used the good practice guide for installing rope swings into trees written by http://www.monkey-do.net/content/tree-swings . A climbing inspection was carried out, with particular attention paid to the anchor branch. Any deadwood was removed from the crown and finally the rope swing was tied into the tree, ensuring it was just the right height for parents and child.
We hope to be back next year to see how things are going, as the swing and tree should be inspected annually.
A client of The Tree Company, to the west of London, recently had a problem. They had several dead, standing veteran trees along side a busy road on their estate and they were beginning to become unstable and liable to collapse in to the road.
Something had to be done. Due to the nature of the trees they could not just be removed, so after consultation with English Nature, the governments advisory body on the environment, a plan was made. The trees would be dismantled in as big a bits as possible using a crane and the large stumps dug up and the whole lot transported to an out of the way area to be half buried in the ground.
This sounds a bit mad but the reasoning is sound. Old dead trees support a great deal of wildlife from bugs and beetles to mosses, lichens and fungus to bats and birds and small mammals (we found several Stag beetle lava).
Some of this wildlife are rare species and some only live in dead trees and stumps. By carefully dismantling the trees and digging out as much as possible this valuable habitat could be saved and the flora and fauna disturbed as little as possible.
The Tree Company is proud to be involved in this project, it is the sort of creative tree surgery that really excites and it is nice to have a change from the regular every day felling and reduction work. We will be keeping an eye on the results and progress of the move. Look out for updates in the future.
A client set up a time lapse of our operatives, Rob and Barry, dismantling this large Leylandii over the course of 2 days. In London space is a premium and Leylandii are a fast growing large tree. In an ideal world Leylandii trees would only be grown in wide open spaces or regularly maintained (trimmed at least once a year) as a screening hedge.
This tree was allowed to grow and was overbearing in the small London garden. Due to the tight space the tree had to be dismantled carefully in small pieces to avoid damage to the fence and surrounding structures.
Recently, we at The Tree Company (London) Ltd were visited by a film crew from the new local London TV station; London Live. They were doing a feature on Autumn and wanted to talk to some tree surgeons about the season and how it impacts our work.
This time last year, many trees were blown over in London and the region during 4 major storm events, which carried on into the new year. Lets hope we are not so severly battered this time around.
Come what may, we will be ready to pick up the pieces.