Our tree surgeons spend every day tending to ailing trees and foliage around Oxford, Cumnor and wider Oxfordshire. We go to great lengths to save the ones we can, but sometimes it’s not possible. In these situations, tree removal is required. Trees that are suffering from rot, parasites or a similar malady, if left unattended, can quickly infect others nearby. They can also become structurally unsound and then it becomes a health and safety issue, as a falling branch of a certain weight could fatally injure someone standing underneath.
Then there are also less urgent, but nevertheless important instances where tree removal is required due to legal obligation or to make way for a development. Our tree surgeons also take on these jobs, as we understand that sometimes needs must. Below, we’ve detailed the two main types of tree removal that we typically employ around Oxford, Cumnor and nearby locales.
Keep in mind that we take a very strict approach to health and safety, ensuring that an entire site is clear and that there’s no risk to you, our workers or your property. So call us today and we’ll have a member of the Ross Francis Tree Surgery team come to your site to survey the tree in question, and to issue you a quotation on the job.
Whenever space is tight or there’s a risk that a tree could fall and damage property, surrounding wildlife, or members of the public – we opt for sectional dismantlement. This type of tree removal involves carefully and methodically taking branches down section-by-section. It’s ideal for urban parts of Oxford and Cumnor, in particular.
Just as with tree pruning like crown reductions and crown thinning, sectional tree felling should only ever be carried out by trained, professional tree surgeons. While it might look straight forward, climbing a tree and operating powerful machinery is highly dangerous, and requires a fair bit of knowhow. If the tree were to collapse prematurely, you could be faced with injury or even death.
When you think of lumberjacks and the cartoons of old, this is probably what you imagine. Albeit, when professional tree surgeons carry out tree removal via directional felling, it’s a little bit more of a science than the type portrayed on the big screen. We make a precise incision at a pre-determined point of the tree, ensuring that it falls in the exact spot that we designate for it.
Then, we allow gravity to take the wheel. Directional felling is only a viable means of tree removal when there’s lots of space and no risk that the tree might damage property or cause injury. As a result, it’s rarely used in urban environments, and more likely to be used for woodland maintenance or in very rural areas of Oxford and Cumnor.
Once we’ve concluded the tree felling, we can grind the stump down to ensure that it isn’t a tripping hazard or an aesthetic blight on your property. This is a regular procedure that may need to be repeated as the stump grows back over time.