Crown Thinning

Crown thinning involves removing inner branches in the crown region of a tree, allowing light to pass through naturally without altering the overall shape of the tree.


Pollarding is a woodland management method but has in recent years found its way into the practice of Arboriculture. The process involves the removal of all branches and most limbs, resulting in the main stem remaining and occasionally a framework of the major limbs (Scaffold Pollarding). After a tree has been pollarded the tree is given some time to re-grow, after which the process is usually repeated.

Crown Reduction

The size of the canopy is reduced overall by removing branches evenly throughout the crown. This process also removes dangerous deadwood and crossing branches, reducing the chances of infection.

Tree Felling

Removing a large tree in a restricted are requires the tree to be cut down in sections. When space allows, a tree can be felled in the traditional way, whereby precise cuts are made to control the direction of the fell.

Tree Hazard Assessment

Hazard assessment of tree(s) is based on their overall condition from a structural, physiological and health viewpoint and is a defined visual system carried out by professional and competent Arboriculturalists. The usual factors that indicate a tree may be hazardous are overall decline, root heave, die-backs of branches and the presence of fungal, bacterial and insect diseases.

Veteran Tree Management

Veteran trees are of special interest biologically, culturally or aesthetically due to their age, size or condition and have mostly lived beyond the normal life expectancy for the species concerned. The management of such trees requires a sensitive approach focusing on protection and preservation.

Crown Lifting

Crown lifting is the removal of selected branches and limbs from the lower part of the trees crown thus lifting the crowns overall height. Depending on the location of the tree, this process is generally performed to ensure vehicles and people can pass safely underneath avoiding accidents and injury.

Branch and Limb Removal

Sometimes it is necessary to remove certain branches of a trees crown, without fully reducing, thinning or lifting the crown. An example would be if a large branch or number of branches had extended over a neighbouring boundary or are very close to a building. This process involves removing as little live growth as possible to ensure the health and stability of the tree and achieve the desired clearance necessary.

Fruit Tree Pruning

Strategically pruning fruit trees not only controls the size and shape of the tree, but also stimulates the growth of flower and fruit buds. This should be done early in the season or during colder months when the tree is dormant.

Fallen Trees

When a tree falls down it is usually due to the trees age or health, or the result of bad weather, or a combination of all three. Should you have a fallen tree that requires removal we will come to inspect the tree and begin work to remove it for you as soon as we can. Depending on the size and the location of the fallen tree, safety must be the immediate consideration.

Hedge Cutting

Hedge trimming is an art. Although it seems like a straightforward task, hedge trimming can have disastrous effects if carried out by an unskilled handler. The temptation is to keep on trimming when really itís about crafting the shape of the hedge to produce a highly aesthetic end result.

Tree Surveys

Tree Surveys are an important part of ensuring the management and maintenance of tree stock within an estate or property and contribute towards the duty of care to others by landowners with trees. They are also required in most cases by Planning Authorities for trees that could be affected by construction and development projects.

Poisoning of Stumps

Any stump that is to be poisoned will be scored and treated with an appropriate herbicide such as "Arbex" or "Amcide".

Emergency Work

In an emergency such as a fallen tree or broken branch in a dangerous situation Glasgow Arborists are able to offer a call out service, in the areas shown below, please use the mobile numbers shown on the contact page.

Areas Covered Include

Glasgow, Greater Glasgow, Paisley, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Coatbridge, Strathaven, Giffnock, Clarkston, Newton Mearns, Bishopbriggs, Cumbernauld, Rutherglen, Bearsden, Milngavie,  Stepps, Airdrie, Motherwell, Dumbarton, Clydebank, Bridge of Weir, Uddingston, Wishaw, Eaglesham. Happy to quote if you are not mentioned here.

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