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Arboriculture – Croft Village

Find out how our experienced arboriculturists can help you manage trees using pollarding techniques.




Pollarding is an age-old technique that involves cutting upper branches of a tree back to the main stem.


The best time to pollard is during winter when the tree is dormant, ready for new growth to emerge as weather warms in spring.


The purpose of traditional pollarding was to produce new side shoots at a manageable height and out of reach of livestock, who may have eaten tender new shoots! It also ensured a regular supply of wood was available for use as firewood and other products that used young wood (such as wicker work).

More recently, however, pollarding is used as a way of controlling the height of trees in urban settings where they may damage overhead cables. As pollarding also inhibits growth of tree roots it can also protect pipework.

Why choose Greenfields Countryside Limited?

Firstly, health and safety. Our Site Operatives go through rigorous training to enable them to handle potentially dangerous equipment, such as chainsaws, and carry out the job safely. Greenfields as a company also holds significant insurance to cover any potential accident or injury that may occur, however unlikely.

Secondly our workforce bring with them a vast wealth of knowledge to every job. Not only do they have experience in the practicality of felling or pruning trees but they also have knowledge of any legalities that may need to be considered. For example, trees may be home to bats or nesting birds which should not be disturbed or, trees may have preservation orders meaning it is illegal to damage them.

For this job at Croft Village our Site Operatives were tasked with pollarding 12 mature stemmed willow trees along the riverside. They used rigging techniques to bring down stems in a controlled manor and the brash was chipped to the ground and spread evenly using the woodchipper.

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