Whether as part of woodlands, hedgerows or hill top clumps, or as single trees surrounded by fields, trees play an important role in establishing the uniqueness of Wiltshire’s landscape.
Wiltshire is also the home of many ancient trees which add character and distinctiveness to the Wiltshire landscape. These trees can often play a vital supporting role in Wiltshire’s biodiversity, as the resting, breeding and feeding sites for a range of important species. Many of these trees are considered so important they are granted Tree Preservation Orders, which mean they cannot be felled or pruned without the consent of Wiltshire Council, unless the tree is dead, dying or dangerous.
However, there are many other trees in Wiltshire which still require the services of a skilled tree surgeon, and we have been providing tree surgery services to Wiltshire for over a decade.
There are a variety of ways in which we can shape and improve the crown of the tree.
Crown Thinning removes some of the branch structure of the tree without changing its overall outline. This lets more light pass through the tree but it can also reduce the surface area of vulnerable trees, help to minimise their water uptake, and/or remove dead, dying, diseased, rubbing or crossing limbs.
During a Crown Lift, we will remove the lower branches to create an even height. This allows more light under the tree and can improve access around the tree if it’s near to a path or drive.
Finally, we can reduce the height or spread with a Crown Reduction. This is more of cosmetic procedure.
Sometimes a tree needs to be removed from a location where traditional felling would pose a hazard to the surrounding property. In situations like this we scale the tree and remove the limbs one by one, lowering them safely to ground level with ropes.
Most residential properties do not have sufficient space to allow traditional tree felling. For that reason we make use of winches and ropes to pull the tree in a controlled direction.
At Hawes Arborists, we entered the tree surgery industry from an appreciation and respect for trees and will always give careful consideration to the reasons for and against the removal of trees in our environment.
After felling or dismantling you can often be left with an unsightly stump. Where the stump cannot be removed with a winch our stump grinding machines can turn it into wood chip.
There are a number of organisations for the betterment of tree in Wiltshire.