Services we offer at Oakdene Tree Services

Tree Surgeons in Ipswich, Hadleigh and surrounding area

Tree Felling

Where space and conditions allow a tree can be removed by making directional felling cuts close to the base of the tree to carefully control the direction in which it falls. The trunk will be cut as close to ground level as possible but the stump will remain.

Sectional Dismantling

Sectional dismantling or felling techniques are used for trees which cannot be felled for reasons of space or proximity to vulnerable features. There are many different techniques but suffice to say that it involves the removal of a tree by carefully lowering branches and timber so as not to cause damage to surrounding plants and structures. There are instances where a tree may not be safe to climb and where necessary we will hire access platforms and other equipment to assist.

Crown Thinning

Crown thinning is the removal of a carefully selected proportion of secondary and small branch growth throughout the crown without altering the trees size or shape. Normally beginning with the removal of dead, diseased, damaged or crossing branches the aim is to end up with an even density of foliage around a well-spaced and balanced structure that allows light to penetrate and lessens wind resistance. This technique is also used to reduce wind resistance and twisting in instances where the trunk has been weakened by physical damage or infection.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction is carried out to reduce the height and or spread of the crown of a tree by removing the ends of branches whilst maintaining the trees natural shape as far as possible. The technique differs from 'topping' in that pruning cuts are made to natural growth points thus largely avoiding the production of large amounts of loosely attached epicormic growth. Crown reduction can also be used where a tree is in decline by reducing the trees demands on its roots.

Crown Lifting

Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches to a given height. It may improve the tree's appearance and is a good way of improving access, light levels and air circulation at ground level, this can benefit lawns and underplanting or just open up shaded buildings, patio's and decks to the sun.

Crown Cleaning & Dead Wood Removal

This process involves the removal of dead, dying, damaged and diseased branches and also branches that cross or have weak points of attachment. It should be considered the first stage of the crown thinning process. It can be significant for the health of a tree and is certainly important in public areas or close to highways etc. Having said this where deadwood does not pose a hazzard is often preferred that it is left as it provides a valuable habitit to a wide range of flora and forna.

Formitive Pruning

Formative pruning helps to train young, developing trees or shrubs to produce a framework of strong, evenly spaced stems or branches and many future structural problems can be rectified early on. The main objective of this type of pruning is to encourage the formation of good stem and branch structure, by improving the orientation, spacing, growth rate, strength of attachment and ultimately size of branches.


Pollarding is a system of pruning in which a tree’s branches above a certain height are removed to promote a denser head of foliage and branches. This method of pruning trees is used to make them serve a specific purpose and has been in practice in most of Europe since medieval times. In urban areas the main reason for pollarding is to keep the tree within sensible bounds where space is limited and also for aesthetic purposes. The technique of pollarding was historically practiced to generate a crop of poles and foliage that was out of the way of grazing animals. A group of old pollards together is often indicative of wood-pasture. Pollarding today is generally applied in urban areas in order to keep trees small and these are re-cut on a manageable rotation. Not all species or ages of tree are tolerant of such immediate removal of the whole crown.