This beautiful but large oak tree was located in a small garden in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport. It had become very dense in leaf and was not letting any light through its canopy. The tree also had a large amount of dangerous deadwood within its crown.
The customer wanted to keep the trees natural shape, but wanted to increase light levels. The crown thin helped allow a lot more dappled light to penetrate into the relatively small garden whilst not affecting its overall shape in any way. The removal of all deadwood made the tree safe, eliminating the risk of falling dead branches.
The tree was safely climbed by Steve via rope access before using his many years experience to carefully and selectively remove branches, achieving an even 20% thin of the entire crown. As this procedure was carried out all of the deadwood was also removed. The large amount of debris created was then chipped and the garden left in an immaculate condition.
In this case the customer believed the tree was protected by a tree preservation order as it was an Oak. This is a common misconception. Not all oaks are protected and any tree can be protected by a local authority, as it is not specific to species.
As with all our work, the tree was checked for the possibility of a tree preservation order or being in a conservation area, before the commencement of any work. On this occasion our investigations showed no such protection allowing us to commence our works without restriction. We were able to inform the customer that an application was not necessary and that the tree had no tree preservation order at this time.