Tree Pruning

All our works are to British Standard 3998 (recommendations for tree work)

Here at Jonathan Le Maistre Tree Surgery LTD we understand that your tree is an asset.


A well maintained tree not only looks beautiful but adds value to your property!  Incorrect pruning from unqualified traders will damage your tree, will look ugly and will decrease the value of your property!  These are some of the techniques we employ:

  • Crown thinning
    This is a pruning technique used to ensure an even density of foliage and a balanced tree structure which allows light to penetrate through the tree and reduces wind resistance.
  • Pollarding
    Trees which have either grown too large for their locations or developed weaknesses that pose a safety risk, may require substantial pruning, sometimes as far back as the trunk. Whilst the results of pollarding are often decried by laymen, the practice of severe pruning can actually stimulate vigorous regrowth. Gorey common is an example of where Jonathan Le Maistre Tree Surgery Ltd employed this method to save trees which would have otherwise have been eventually condemned.
  • Crown lifting
    This is the process of removing the lowest branches, either to allow access under the tree, or to allow more light or improve views through the tree. There are set standards for clearance levels for pedestrians and vehicles.
  • Crown reduction
    This practice is used when a tree has outgrown its situation or when adjacent land has a change in usage. For example, on a development site where there is a loss of space, crown reduction can be used to sustain the tree. It can also be used as an alternative to felling when structural problems occur.
  • Formative pruning
    This involves working with young trees to encourage good crown formation through the removal of poorly developing branches. This method is used to ensure the tree grows in a safe manner and also for instances where clearance beneath the tree must be maintained. This method is also commonly used on new housing developments to ensure that newly planted trees grow in an appropriate relationship to their surroundings.