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Tree felling helps to tame your garden and bring order to outdoor spaces. But it’s not usually the type of job that anyone can attempt using simple garden tools. An experienced professional will plan the work and ensure it is carried out safely and effectively. Find a local tree felling expert today.

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The term tree felling might conjure images of lumberjacks yelling “timber” deep in a wild forest. Tree felling is a routine job though, and if you need your overgrown garden clearing out, or have a tree that’s starting to lean dangerously, you can call on a tree surgeon who’s proficient in felling to help.

Tree felling is a much more technical and involved task than simply taking a chainsaw to a tree trunk or branch. It involves consideration, planning and careful working practices to ensure it’s completed safely and effectively.

An experienced tree surgeon will be able to advise you on whether you’re even permitted to remove a tree. It’s important to remember there are strict regulations governing the felling of established trees. If you can proceed, they’ll then be able to steer you through the process and complete the work – quickly and safely.

This means planning the work; checking the surrounding area and deciding the direction the tree in question will fall; pruning the tree to clear away branches and twigs; checking for evidence of disease (which could affect the tree’s fall); felling the tree and then clearing away the trunk and debris.

Cost of tree felling

Trees by their very nature (quite literally) come in all shapes and sizes. The cost to remove one will depend on how big the tree is, and where it’s situated.

The average cost to fell a tree is anywhere from £200-£400, and you might pay more if you need your tree surgeon to clear away the trunk and other debris. Expect to pay £50-£100 on top for that.

How to fell a tree

Tree felling will usually follow a five-step process:

  1. Pruning and preparation. The next step is to remove branches and twigs in order to allow the trunk to fall smoothly. Twigs and branches should also be trimmed to at least shoulder height to ensure they can access the trunk easily.
  2. Check for diseases. Rotting tree trunks can create structural weaknesses and make the tree fall in an unexpected direction, so they’ll look over the tree before they begin felling.
  3. Felling. The felling technique depends on the size and type of tree. Slender, smaller trees may not need any felling tools – they can simply be pulled down with a long pole and rope. For larger trees, a chainsaw, a felling wedge or a winch may be required.
  4. Clearing. Finally, it’s the least glamorous part of the job (but one that really matters if you’re to get a clean, clear garden) – disposing of debris. Trunks can be sawn into logs, while branches, twigs and smaller cuttings should be gathered up and placed into a chipper.

What is a Tree Preservation Order?

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) are issued by planning authorities and local councils, to protect trees and limit the work that can be conducted on them. They can be issued directly by a planning authority, or a resident can apply to have a TPO awarded.

If you want to carry out work on a tree under a preservation order, you’ll have to apply in writing to the relevant council to seek permission. Beware, breaking a TPO, even unknowingly, is a criminal offence and can result in big fines.

The qualifications your tree felling expert needs

Tree surgeons may require a Tree Felling License – issued by the Forestry Commission – in order to fell trees (especially if they are in public spaces). A competent aborist (another name for a tree surgeon) may also hold Arboricultural Association accreditation. AA Registered Consultants and ARB Approved Contractors must meet certain standards and follow specific procedures, and that gives you peace of mind that they’ll operate using safe working practices.

Planning permission for tree felling jobs

The restrictions covering what you’re able to do with your trees are set out by Tree Preservation Orders as well as (possibly) conservation area considerations. It’s important to consult your local planning authority if you’re unsure whether a tree is under a TPO, as fines for breaking these restrictions can be extremely harsh.

Insurance for tree felling

Involving climbing tall trees, falling branches and heavy machinery, tree surgery is potentially dangerous work, and it demands precautions and sufficient protection is taken. To cover your property and any of your nearby possessions, ensure your professional has public liability insurance.

Questions you should ask your tree felling specialist

  • Are they a member of the Arboricultural Association?
  • Will they be able to dispose of unwanted tree trunks, branches and twigs?
  • How do they plan to fell the tree?
  • How will they ensure necessary precautions are taken?

Tree and grounds maintenance services with a family farm can-do attitude. Fully licensed and insured. Residential and commercial work undertaken.

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Reviewed by Irene on 14/2/2024

Brilliant job. So neat and tidy Better than anyone could wish for they deserve every success . Will use them again.5? +++++plus Thanks

Hi, we are a friendly company of a treesurgery and we are very happy to help!

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Reviewed by Heather on 2/4/2024

Toby arrived on time to quote for the job, and he and his team were on time to do the job. The crown reduction of our Ash tree was done quickly and efficiently. The garden and surrounding area were left clean and tidy. Some debris was inadvertently left on an adjacent flat roof, but Toby came back himself to clear it. Toby and his team are very polite and professional. We would not hesitate to recommend him.

Here at Oakleaf we offer a wide range of honest, professional and reliable services from tree surgery/maintenance, landscaping, fencing to general garden care. No job too big or small, free quotations upon request.

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Reviewed by Linda on 25/3/2024

Very helpful and efficient. All requirements met. An excellent job done. I recommend Oakleaf tree and garden services for a very good standard of work and good value. I plan to use them again.

We are a family business that take pride in every job we do we are reliable and fully insured

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Reviewed by Helen on 14/3/2024

Pink Hippo Tree Surgery is fully qualified in all aspects of Tree Surgery & Arborist with Public Liability & Full Insurance and over 5+ Years of Experience. We specialise in: Tree Felling, Tree Reductions, Pollarding, Stump Removal & Grinding, Hedge Trimming, Garden Clearance, Turfing & General Gardening. Pink Hippo Tree Surgery aims to please and customer satisfaction is our top priority. We are both friendly & charming and hope we will be working with you soon

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Reviewed by Angela on 17/4/2024

Tom responded to my request for felling several trees very quickly. Great communication at all times. Work carried out and cleaned up afterwards. Good price and he is coming back again very soon. Neighbour very impressed with his work and he may use him in the future. Would highly recommend.

At Advanced Gardening & Jet Washing we take the hard work out of making the exterior of your property look clean tidy and presentable with over 11 years experience our professional Knowledge allows us to assist you with any Garderning maintenance work you could possibly need we also offer exterior property improvements Call to book us for a free quote at your convenience

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Reviewed by Steve on 16/4/2024

Fast and tidy

Here at TGS Tree Care we carry out all aspects of domestic and commercial tree work! We’ve been in the industry providing 5 star services for all of our customers since 2007. We’ve spent years in training and forever developing our knowledge and abilities by keeping up to date with the industry standards and renewing our equipment to the best quality. Our services include: ???? Tree Removal ???? Tree Reductions ???? Crown Lifts ???? Crown Thins ???? Pollarding ???? Tree Surveys ???? Hedge Work ???? Hedge Removals ???? Hedge Reductions ???? Stump Removal ???? Root Management ?? Storm Damage ?? Emergency Call-outs We have fully trained and insured staff and state of the art equipment to carry out all aspects of work required. Please don’t hesitate to contact us! You can contact us via Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Email or through our contact form on our website

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Reviewed by John on 19/4/2024

Alex came and did the job cleanly and efficient happy with the service would deffo use again to remove trees

Here at New View we take care of all your Tree & Gardening needs & have been doing so for the past 20 years. We specialise in all aspects of tree surgery, hedge cutting & lawn care. At New View we offer a friendly, trustworthy, extremely reliable and affordable service with a strict attention to detail to leave both ourselves and customers happy. Not only do we pride ourselves on our quality of work but also on excellent workmanship along with hard work and sound knowledge to achieve a neat and tidy finish to give you that New View you were looking for. We cover all aspects of tree surgery, tree work and forestry services, alongside all aspects of garden care, clearance and maintenance.

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Reviewed by Peter on 27/3/2024

Well priced, good quality job done and neat cleanup after.

S Geddes Tree work. Covering Scotland & north England With 24 hr emergency call out 24 years experience in tree care Domestic and commercial forestry We provide free quotations all aspects of tree management and removal We also have a wide range of machines to hire with operators Wood chippers Stump grinders Tractor / timber winch Tractor / log trailer Log splitters We look forward to hearing from you in

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Reviewed by Jacqueline on 16/2/2024

Required a tree to be felled due to storm damage and all wood etc to be removed. I telephoned Scott Geddes who came out within 2 days and provided a quote to carry out the work. The work was carried out quickly and I would highly recommend him to other people.

Covering all aspects of arboriculture.

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Reviewed by Selena on 17/4/2023

Andy was really great! He communicated well, did a good job and for a fair price and we got the results we wanted and he was very easy to deal with. I would use him again :)

JR Tree Services. We offer a wide range of professional Tree Care Services from pruning to complete removals We are a reliable trustworthy company that treat you and your home with respect. We like to communicate with our customers every step of the project ensuring a hassle-free service. We pride ourselves on giving all of our customers 100% outstanding service, making our customers return and recommend. We understand our customers have different individual needs and requirements, therefore we work with them on a personal level to ensure you will be satisfied from start to finish.

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Reviewed by laurence on 11/3/2024

Did job speedily and efficiently

Wilts & hants tree care is a professional tree company who has been trading for 16years, all our team are fully nptc qualified & insured. We carry out all aspects off tree surgery for domestic & comercial work, we offer free friendly advice and free quotes to all our customers.

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Reviewed by Pamela on 11/4/2024

Plesse delete my earlier review and rating from the website.

Belvoir tree care provide a Full range of services, from Large scale site clearance to fruit tree pruning and Hedge laying. Trading since 2009 we have lots of experience and the training to carry out your job. Fully insured to 5 million

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Reviewed by dave on 7/2/2024

Very pleased with the work we had done!

‘East Coast Tree Services’Business Profile:The original business (Garden Wizard) was started in April, 2012 by James Cain who operated successfully as a sole trader - specialising mainly in ground maintenance and tree work for both private and commercial clients (including City of Edinburgh Council).In April, 2015, James formed a successful partnership with a trained hardlandscaper - and the business name was changed to ‘Garden Wizards’. The following services still remained a core part of this new arrangement:• Tree felling/ cropping/ pruning/ reductions• Tree surgery/ qualified climber and arborist• Stump removal - quick and easy with no heavy machines needed in many cases• Chipper operator and machine hire• Hedge cutting, reductions and new planting• Green waste removal• Qualified to NPTC and LANTRA standards• Fully insured to the sum of £5 million public liabilityAt the start of 2021, James returned to work as a sole trader specialising in tree work - and operating under the new business name - ' East Coast Tree Services'His previous businesses have built a five star reputation for quality service and workmanship (as per MyBuilder and RatedPeople) - and he is willing to undertake contracts anywhere in Scotland.Trustworthy, hard working, conscientious and a ‘can do’ mentality - all contribute inmaking East Coast Tree Services 'the natural choice' for your commercial, business or domestic needs

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Reviewed by Andrew on 19/4/2024

James and Elliott did an excellent job. 5 trees were felled in one day. All the wood was neatly and efficiently disposed of. I would recommed their service.

Qualified tree surgeon years of experience of cutting down trees of all heights and sizes can cut any tree down at good prices

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Reviewed by Bal on 16/1/2024

Came to the house, chopped tree and trimmings taken. Job done as requested and for a very fair price. Well done

Pruning trees including all fruit trees, bushes, roses and shrubs. Tree felling, tree stump removal, hedging, turfing, wood chipping, decking, fencing and bramble removal. All garden waste removed. stump grinder logs splitter MAN WITH DIGGER Tree felling certified Chainsaw certificated + claiming certificated STUMPS GRINDERING CERTIFICATE cutting tree CERTIFICATE Health and safety certified PPE Fully insured Fully qualified Other services available, please ask for what you require. If you change your mind, please let us know as soon as possible.

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Reviewed by Anne on 9/9/2023

B M Tree Services are a family run business with 25 years experience In the tree surgery, gardening & landscaping industry. Covering the entire South and South East of England, we have full public liability insurance and are always here to help free quotations and advice

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Reviewed by JANET on 13/4/2024

Brian responded very quickly after I posted for trees to be loped & cut back he and Mike came out today assessed the job and gave a very reasonable quote, once we agreed he started the job there & then - no messing no fuss just got stuck in & got the job done. A fair & friendly pair. When they had finished for the day they cleared up all the branches & mess & took it away with them. I would highly recommend B&M Tree & Gardening Services and would not hesitate to have them work in my garden again.

ACS GARDENING SERVICES a family run business for the past 25 years

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Reviewed by John on 17/4/2024

I received a telephone call within an hour of placing my post, fortunately they were just finishing a job near by & were with me 2 hours later. The work was completed that very afternoon. First class. I would certainly use them again & not hesitate to recommend

We are friendly family run business here to help and advise people for the best and cheapest way for people to have there work done no job is to small or to Big

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Reviewed by robert on 21/4/2024

Definitely 5 star Arrived on time Worked very hard Good equipment Very reasonably priced My wife and I were very pleased with the job that was done and will always recomend and use in the future.

Welcome to Gildergreen Tree Surgery, expert tree surgeons offering the very best tree maintenance services in Bedfordshire, London, Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas. We cover all aspects of tree surgery from tree felling and stump grinding, to crown lifting, thinning and reductions. You can count on us for a professional service at a competitive price. - Expert tree surgeons - Fully trained and certified - £10M public liability insurance - 100% of our by-product is recycled - Friendly, professional, considerate Whether you’re in need of stump removal, regular hedge maintenance or you just need some advice on tree care, our expert team of climbers and groundsmen will go above and beyond to help.

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Reviewed by Jane on 2/2/2024

What a lovely gentleman Lee is and he clearly loves his job too! He worked very hard, but quickly and neatly. We thoroughly recommend him. In fact we're asking him for another quote.

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