Here are some recent pictures showing two Brighton trees before and after we undertook some pruning work. Both trees underwent crown reduction work.
The owner of this Ash tree had become concerned about the safety of the tree due to its size and close proximity to the building. There were also some large branches that were directly overhanging the roof. We decided it could be safely retained by reducing the size of the crown. This not only reduced the overall weight of the tree but it reduced the wind resistance or “Sail effect” and allowed air to pass through the tree crown more freely. As a result the tree is far less likely collapse in strong wind.
A well executed tree crown reduction retains the main framework, and natural shape, of the tree crown leaving a high proportion of the foliage-bearing structure which is important for maintaining vitality. It is important to consider the natural habit of individual tree species and to use this as a guide when making decisions about branch removal.
The aim is to end up with as natural a looking tree as possible whilst removing enough of the crown to alleviate the interference issues. Generally speaking, the more material you remove from the tree crown (a “hard reduction”) the more difficult it is to produce a natural looking tree.
This next tree, a Sycamore, had outgrown it’s location and was blocking light and interfering with the roof and house. A crown reduction will temporarily put a stop to this interference.