Tree Felling And Removal

Logs stacked together, produced while felling a tree using the sectional dismantling method.

Why are trees felled or removed?

For Andrew's Arboriculture tree felling or removal is a last resort practice and not something we undertake lightly, there are various reasons for feeling or removal including that the tree may be dead, dying or diseased, it may be causing damage to a structure or property and lastly may be in a development site.

Sometimes a tree can be more dangerous standing rather than felled or removed, if for instance it has dead wood which could fall at any time onto a pavement or road and cause death or injury. Ideally a tree should be inspected periodically and at the earliest sign of  disease a qualified tree surgeon should be employed to limit the extent of the disease.

If a tree is causing damage to structures or to the drains and foundations of a property then this can become an huge issue and usually the only alternative is the removal of the tree, occasionally a regimented pruning regime may be of help and mean the tree does not have to be removed. The damage to structures and property can be overcome by planting the correct species of tree for the situation in the first instance, but unfortunately people with little knowledge or experience make the wrong decisions when planting trees near properties.

When  a development is planned it is normal for the design to take into account mature trees, there are normally guidelines in place that mean any removals are minimised due to local council guidelines. In the eventuality that trees do have to be removed then usually a policy is in place which means that more suitably chosen trees are planted to offset the removed specimens as part of the development process.

Of course the last reason a tree may have to be removed is because of large scale disease such as Dutch Elm Disease or Ash Die-back which attack one particular species, in this case the felling and removal is used as part of the process to control the disease.

A good arborist would try to dissuade tree removal just for personal choice and would advise for pruning of some form instead.