CW Tree Services has been reliably serving the Burton District for 25 years. We are fully insured members of The Guild Of Master Craftsmen and are Approved Independent Contractors for East Staffordshire Council.
Our services include all aspects of tree and hedge work. Tree Felling, including Selectional Felling, Crown Reduction, Thinning & Lifting, Stump Grinding, Hedge Cutting, Trimming & Pruning, Deadwooding and Site Clearance.
BS 3998(2010), NPTC (C530 chainsaws), C531A (Felling Trees) , C531B, C536, C542, C532, C539 (Rope Harness), Aerial Rescue (C538), C541 (Dismantling) Pesticides spraying, First Aid, Woodchippers & Stump grinding, EDEXCEL level 3 - Forestry & Arboriculture
Tree felling is a skilled and potentially hazardous operation that should be undertaken only by a competent tree surgeon or tree surgery company. If there is no significant risk of damage to people or property a tree can be felled in one piece.
Where there are restrictions, e.g. lack of space, buildings, roads, other features, land ownership or use, or other trees or shrubs which are to be retained tree surgeons will dismantle a tree in sections (sectional felling).
As Professional Tree Surgeons, where necessary, we will set up rigging systems or use cranes in restricted areas to prevent large branches and pieces of wood from falling freely or pose a risk to surrounding property.
Sectional Felling is the complete removal of a tree down to ground level. This work involves the careful lowering of branches and timber so as not to cause damage or destruction to surrounding plants and structures.
The stump will be left as close to the ground as possible but will be above soil level.
Crown Reduction is normally required when a tree has grown too large for its permitted space. A long term solution, and often the best solution, is to remove the tree completely and replant. If crown reduction is necessary, it is often required when a tree or part of a tree is touching or very close to a building.
Crown reduction should be considered in order to achieve an overall reduction in the volume of a tree. Work usually involves a general shortening of minor branches. Generally, 20% is the maximum that can reasonably be taken from a crown.
Crown thinning is used for specific purposes such as to let in additional light through the canopy or reducing the sail area.
When crown thinning, we keep an even density of foliage and ensure the branches are balanced. Ideally, no more than one third of the leaf-bearing area should be removed during crown thinning and both branches and foliage should be kept as even as possible.
It is often necessary to remove weak, defective, hazardous and/or crossing branches so we take care to retain a balanced look to the tree, should this be required.
Crown lifting usually involves the cutting back of branches to the main stem and is often seen in trees by roadsides to keep the area below the tree clear for vehicles.
Crown lifting can increase the probability of decay as the wound left in the tree could lead to stem failure and decay.
We may try to avoid crown lifting in mature trees but if it cannot be avoided, it should preferably involve the removal of secondary branches rather than total branch removal.
Young trees can be "trained" to grow in a particular way. Young trees generally require less pruning, however, the training a tree receives while in the early "growth phase" of its life cycle, determines its' structural integrity for life..
When trees are felled or fall, their stumps should be removed to prevent suckering and fungal root rots. Although often large and heavy, stumps can be removed with the right equipment and technique, or removed by weedkiller.×
Hedge cutting is used when you have established trees that require the height reducing to encourage side shoots, in order to form a hedge.
New hedges should be pruned from an early stage to establish a shape and prevent leggy, unhealthy growth. The amount you prune back will depend on the type of hedge. It should be tapered so that it is wider at the bottom than the top, ensuring the lower part will get the sunlight needed for healthy growth.
Once the hedge is established, regular maintenance will ensure it remains healthy and neat. If a formal hedge has got out of shape, cutting it back severely is often the only remedy. But bear in mind that this method is not suitable for all species. Conifers, in particular, react badly if you cut into old wood.
Hedge cutting seasons and the frequency of cutting also depends on the species, but as a rule of thumb, formal evergreens like box or privet should be trimmed around two to three times a year during the growing season (around May to September); and some fast-growing conifers like leylandii may need trimming more frequently to keep them in control. Do not cut conifers after the end of August.
Stocky deciduous hedges like beech or hornbeam should be cut in late August, and if major renovation is required, do that in late February whilst the plant is still dormant.
Always remember, it is important not to cut too early in the year so as to avoid disturbing nesting birds.×
CW Tree Services is committed to minimising the impact its' activities have on both the local and global environment by taking all possible steps to prevent pollution, recycle waste, avoid habitat damage and reduce carbon footprint.
We strive to recycle all waste materials as logs or wood chip. All other green waste is sent to green waste recycling facilities (for composting), to reduce the use of landfills.
We operate in compliance with the Environment Agency Waste Disposal guidelines.
Nesting birds and their nests and eggs are protected by law. Many other species such as bats and badgers are also protected. We work within the guidelines set out in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW).
We are careful to do a Bird, Bat & Badger Presence Survey prior to felling trees. We inform our customers of any protected species which prevent work being undertaken.
We promote reduction rather than removal of trees where possible and wholly encourage replanting.
We encourage our customers to install bird and/or bat boxes where appropriate and we will hang these for you as we are treating the tree.
We use the most appropriate vehicles for each job and we do not leave machinery idling when not in use. We correspond via email where possible and are working towards a paper-free office.