TREE CARE SERVICES

ESA Tree Care provides arboricultural contracting and consultancy service to all owners and managers to trees within the private sector.

ESA staff have arboricultural back grounds and formal training which backs up their skill in carrying out their work, and allows them to make sound decisions based on good arboricultural knowledge and understanding.

The company operates so that there is a high standard of safety, environmental impact awareness and a short inconvenience time for clients.

Our team and management are experienced in carrying out many varied contracts for a wide range of clients and organisations.

All Contracting works are carried out in the most efficient way with method statements available for the way we carry out the following tasks.

The scope of our treecare work ranges from:

  • Pruning of small trees to large veteran trees

  • Crown lifting off wires, buildings or garden and highways to reduction and pollarding for more light or health and safety

  • Controlled felling and dismantling using the latest techniques and equipment

  • Planting of 2 foot whips to planting large root balled nursery grown trees

  • Moving of trees whether bare rooted or root balled. By hand or with a tree spade

  • Installation of bracing and guying systems such as Geifa and Platypus systems

  • Stump removal either by winch or stump grinders

 
TREE PRUNING

This is the general term we use when branches are removed from a tree. They could be small branches taken off a year old tree for formative pruning (to create the right shape) or larger branches when a tree is more mature to lift it away from a house. For whatever reason you prune a tree, the wounds left need to be as small as possible and correctly done. Poor pruning can result in decay, disease entering, unsightly work and shows a lack of knowledge and care. Pruning is covered by the BS standard 3998 2010.

CROWN LIFTING

A form of pruning to remove the lower branches of a tree of roads, building, gardens etc. Removing the lower branches can create more space beneath a tree in a garden setting,  as well as removing branches that could potentially hit cars etc in a highway situation (we lift hundreds of trees off highways for various councils each year)

POLLARDING

A form of heavy pruning which reduces a trees crown back to a central area. It used to be a way of creating feed for animals as the new growth is very soft. Now it is an accepted form of managing trees especially in towns and cities. It allows mature trees to be retained without huge crowns that can cause issues. There are certain trees that suit pollarding much better than others; Lime, willow, sycamore are a few. Burnham beeches is an interesting place to see 500 year old beech pollards. Pollarding does alter the the crowns shape so it is worth though before committing to such heavy pruning as well as the ongoing cost to re-pollard which needs considering.

REDUCTIONS

A form of light pruning to the overall crown of a tree. A way to decrease the size of a crown which should be done sympathetically.  Ideally no more than 30% should  be removed. If too much is removed, the framework of the tree will look heavy, without any of the finer branches remaining resulting in poor tracery. If a heavier reduction is needed, then it’s called a French pollard. Reducing the framework of the tree back to new growth points but not as hard as a pollard.

FELLING

When trees need to be removed, the simplest and quickest way is to fell the tree. A series of cuts are made at the base of the tree allowing it to fall in a required direction. The tree is then shredded / dismantled on the ground. Where felling isn’t an option then controlled dismantling is undertaken.

DISMANTLING

When trees need removing and they cannot be felled at the base as a whole tree, then the tree can be systematically dismantled piece by piece. We do this by using various rope techniques, with work platforms or with cranes. Whichever is the safest and cost effective for you, the client. It’s a straight forward way of carrying out the work and the aim is to remove the tree with as little inconvenience as possible with the greatest level of safety.

TREE PLANTING

We can plant any tree or groups of trees, either supplied by yourselves or by us from one of the several nurseries we use. All our supplied trees are grown in this country. We don’t import for several reasons. One being disease control, another being home grown nurseries offer hardier stock much more acclimatised to our environment and soils. There are amazing nurseries out there run by passionate, knowledgeable nursery people. 

MOVING OF TREES

If you have a tree that requires moving and it’s a better option than removal which is the last option, then we have the knowledge and experience to undertake such works. We’ve moved trees around golf courses to give instant tree lines, we moved trees as part of development works, where rather than removing the tree, they have been saved by re-locating. We’ve moved trees on National Trust properties to better suit the landscape. We have a high success rate and skill set to complete moving contracts.

BRACING INSTALLATION

Bracing is installed where a structural issue in the tree or weakness has been identified but the retention of the tree is wanted. It is a brace; a flexible dynamic system that allows the tree stems to move but with support. We can install various non invasive dynamic bracing systems. We would always recommend annual inspections of a system to ensure they are functioning correctly to support a structural weakness in a tree. Bracing is usually recommended along with reduction work to the tree in order to alleviate / minimise the issue.

STUMP GRINDING

Whether garden, park or highway footpath; we can bring out stumps. Nature can take care of stumps by slowly decaying them but that’s not always ideal on a footpath or where re-planting is to take place. We can remove any size stump using various size stump grinders. Our machines are track mounted, so damage to gardens with wheelruts is minimal. We will always carry out CAT scans first along with relevant utilities plans for highways, when needed.