Crown Reduction and pollarding
(sometimes called drop crotch pruning)
Crown reduction and pollarding are the processes of removing outer branches to reduce the size of a tree. This can be done to: Let more light into a garden, make trees safer near overhead cables or close to buildings, stop roots growing further destroying paved or tarmac surfaces. This is preferred to topping as it leaves the tree looking more natural and there is a greater time before the process needs repeating. The negative effect however is that these large wounds in the stem can lead to decay. So this is really a last resort. In more extreme cases and when the shape of tree does not lend itself to crown reduction. our tree surgeons would recommend removal and replacement. We are on hand to recommend suitable planting and advise.