Tree Pruning Bristol

It is important to correctly prune your tree. Proper tree trimming can ensure the tree sustains healthy growth. Every cut made during trimming inflicts a wound on your tree. The effects on the tree can be reduced if the trimming cuts are made appropriately. This hinges on the angle, size, and position of the cut in relation to the remaining tree parts. Our professional Bristol tree trimming experts will be able to establish the correct dimension, diameter, and position of the cuts to minimise trauma as well as protect your tree’s health

Why Trim a Tree in Bristol?

There are numerous reasons why it is essential to have your tree pruned. It can be done to get rid of all the dead or defective branches or to preserve the safe condition of your tree. Tree trimming can as well be carried out to moderate your tree’s size and shape or to stimulate development. It is also done to minimise shading or wind loading or to offer further clearance between the tree and a surrounding structure. Proper tree pruning can even improve the flower, fruit, as well as timber quality when done professionally. If a tree is not trimmed the proper way, this can lead to your tree becoming unhealthy or unsightly. Poor pruning can also result in your tree developing into a dangerous structure.

Kinds of Tree Trimming Done in Bristol

There are 3 main tree trimming methods: crown reduction, crown lifting or raising, and crown thinning. There are protocols for how much of the tree should be trimmed. The option settled upon will balance your rationale for choosing to trim your tree as well as the demands of the tree to maintain its health. Our seasoned tree specialists will discuss through the alternatives with you to deliver the most effective outcome for you as well as your tree. For expert tree surgery, contact our Bristol team now.

Crown Reduction

A crown reduction lessens the overall height and/or spread of the foliage bearing areas (the crown) of the tree. This technique may be used to minimise shade and lost natural light or to help the tree thrive in its present setting. In certain cases it is imperative to decrease the mechanical stresses on the tree or on particular branches. Once completed the outline of the tree will be smaller in size but should preserve the key framework of the crown. Our team of tree surgeons are experienced at ensuring just the tiniest cuts are made to maintain the health of your tree. They will additionally advise if your tree types are right for this treatment. Unskilled lopping and topping are rough forms of pruning that need to be avoided.

Crown Lifting or Raising

Crown lifting or raising can increase direct sunlight to regions nearer to the tree or allow for access under the crown. In this practice, the lowest branches are gotten rid of or readied for future removal. Our team of professionals are great at recognising which branches are safe to get rid of and which will result in too significant wounds. They will in addition advise you about whether a fully grown tree is right for this treatment. This approach needs to be embarked on safely to reduce degeneration as well as to ensure maintained mechanical stability and health of the tree.

Crown Thinning

Crown thinning is carried out for several reasons. It can be done to allow more natural light to pass through the tree. It can also be done to reduce the weight and also the wind resistance of the tree. Occasionally it is completed as a one-off treatment option for trees that yield a lot of additional sprouts along the trunk and branches. Our specialists will advise if this is a required treatment and if it is appropriate for your tree variety. Crown thinning does not typically alter the overall form or size of the tree. This technique gets rid of a part of the smaller, outer branches to produce even spacing of branches and uniform foliage thickness.

When to Trim Your Tree in Bristol

When to trim your tree will certainly be based on the species. For some species, this will be just after the leaves have ‘flushed’ as well as toughened which is at some point in late spring through the summer months. For other sap-producing types, pruning should not be performed when they will shed precious sugars from sap bleeding. For these species, trimming must wait up until summer or mid-winter, when the risk is low. Some tree varieties produce a resin or gum to help protect their wounds, so a summer trimming is advised. Nonetheless, a general rule is that trees should be pruned as little as feasible to minimise the stress it places on them. Our tree surgeons are extremely seasoned and will be able to advise you when it is the ideal time to trim your tree.

Bristol Tree Trimming Rules

It is essential to note that lots of trees are safeguarded by law. Pruning or trimming a protected tree might be a criminal offence. It is therefore vital to secure authorisation from your local Planning Authority before undertaking any works. You need to check for any type of Tree Preservation Orders or Conservation Area restrictions.  Bristol Council’s Tree Officer or Planning Dept will have this information.

For a professional tree trimming, reduction or pruning result, contact our NPTC-qualified tree service team today.


I needed 5 trees trimmed and Top Tree visited and provided me with a very reasonable quote. The job was done well and they tidied up my garden afterwards. Faultless result and customer service throughout.
Michelle Phillips
I called Top Tree to reduce the height of a lime tree in my garden. They quoted me a decent price and got the necessary permissions from the Council. They did a professional and tidy job. I'd happily use them again.
Rob Archer

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