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Pollarding & Pruning Trees 

Kent,  South East, UK

What is “Pollarding”?

Pollarding is a form of pruning that helps maintain tree sizes, overall height and shape, instead of the size to which it would naturally grow.

It can assist with creating better, more attractive foliage as well as maintain a better overall aesthetic or keep a tree or shrub to a specific size.

Pruning is the more generalised term for cutting tree limbs to control growth, whereas pollarding is more specific. 

Pollarding involves cutting branches back, almost to the trunk, encouraging the tree to produce a dense, ball-shaped canopy. 

It provides a really attractive look and ideally should be maintained annually. 

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Does My Tree Need Pollarding?

The first thing to ensure is that your tree has reached the desired height and is mature enough to start pollarding. 

This centuries-old technique is usually best done when a tree is at least 6 feet (approx 2 metres) tall but you may wish to have a more towering pollarded tree. 

Because the process initially involves taking the branches way down to the trunk, it will take a year or so to grow back and start taking the shape you aim for. This timeframe will vary between different tree species so we’d always advise you to get expert advice from a reputable tree surgeon like our team at Green Growth.

Ongoing pollarding maintenance will vary between the species of tree but it will usually require annual or once every two years pruning to keep a particular size or if you are doing it to produce wood you can use or purely for aesthetic reasons then pollarding every five years should be fine.   

Pollarding & Pruning Services
In Kent & The South East

The team at Green Growth Tree Services are experts when it comes to pollarding, providing a wide range of arboricultural services across the South East of the UK.

Our passion is the conservation of trees and maintaining their health, as well as making them fit the aesthetics of their surroundings. 

An expertly-pollarded tree is not just good for the tree but it will add instant curb appeal and allow more space and light into areas that require it. 

Our team are based in the heart of Kent, covering a wide area across the South East of England. We can, however, work further afield upon request. 

Get in touch for a free, no-obligation quotation today

What Are The Benefits
Of Pollarding Trees:

Enhanced longevity:

The practice of pollarding can contribute to the longevity of certain tree species. By selectively removing older and weaker branches while stimulating new shoot growth, the tree undergoes a rejuvenation process, potentially extending its lifespan.

Size management:

Pollarding serves as an effective technique to control the size of trees, particularly in confined spaces like urban areas or small gardens. By regularly removing upper branches, the tree can be kept at a desired height and width, ensuring it fits within the available space.

Aesthetic appeal:

Pollarding can be employed to achieve specific visual effects or desired shapes for trees. Regular pollarding results in a unique appearance characterized by a compact crown and a distinct network of stout branches, lending an aesthetically pleasing element to the landscape.

Timber production:

In specific instances, pollarding is implemented with the aim of promoting timber or wood production. By cyclically cutting the tree back to a predetermined point, the subsequent regrowth can be harvested for its wood, which finds utility in applications such as fencing, firewood, and other purposes requiring timber.

Increasing Property Value

Pollarding to produce well-maintained and attractive shrubs and trees can add intrinsic value to your property. It produces ‘curb appeal’ and makes a home instantly more attractive to potential buyers, with eye-catching looks, more light and space. 

Protecting Trees & Wildlife:

Pollarding can be very healthy for a tree, especially if it is situated in a confined area or at risk of growing too big, too fast and posing a danger to itself, the surrounding area or even to lives. Once the pollarded tree has been allowed to regrow, it provides a much better space for birds and insects with its thicker, leafier coverage.

Do You Need A Tree Pollarding?

Pollarding can be a relatively inexpensive way to add life to a try, encourage more attractive growth and make better use of the space surrounding it. 

Green Growth Tree Services offer free quotations across the South East of the UK, with unmatched quality of service and thousands of happy customers.

We’re qualified and experienced to provide the best advice and make the process easy from enquiry to cleaning up! 

A pollarded tree in an attractive back garden,

Free Quotations

We’re happy to provide a completely free assessment and offer advice ensuring pollarding is the best course of action and provide a free quotation.

Our priority is always the conservation of the trees and what will prolong their lifespan and overall health. Pollarding is a great way of ensuring that. 

So you can rest assured that we will always look after your pocket whilst we look after the trees.

A pollarded tree with a selection of logs.

Tree Size & Access

It’s not always convenient getting to a tree in order to carry out the work. 

We make the process simple, by quoting for the actual work involved. Smaller trees, that are more accessible to work on will always work out cheaper than large trees in hard-to-access areas.

Though we look to be competitive, we’ll never compromise on safety or take shortcuts to get the job done. 

A tree surgeon chops logs up in a private garden.

Waste & Extra Services

Chopping down branches will make a mess. We always work hard to clear up the area we’ve worked in, removing any waste and disposing of it with our green waste licence. 

If you require work alongside our pollarding service then please feel free to let us know and we’ll aim to provide a very competitive quotation. 

Our services extend from tree surgery and surveys to all manner of garden work. 

Pollarding: Frequently Asked Questions: 

Can all trees be pollarded?

Suitable tree species for pollarding are typically those with vigorous regrowth capabilities, such as willows, poplars, and certain types of oaks.

The tree should be mature enough to withstand the pruning process and not all trees will be robust enough for pollarding. 

We can be more specific once we’ve seen the tree you wish us to work on.

What time of year is best for pollarding?

Pollarding is usually carried out during the dormant season (Autumn to Spring) when the tree has shed its leaves and is in a state of rest.

This is often best carried out in late winter or early spring before the sap begins to rise.

If unsure, we are happy to provide more information to help you make an informed decision.

Is dead wooding the same as crowning or pollarding ?

Whilst these terms involve the same process, the fundamental difference is that dead wooding is focused on removing dead or diseased branches whereas pollarding or crowing removes healthy branches to improve the health and aesthetics of a tree.

Both are beneficial to the overall structural integrity, shape of the tree and its longterm health.

When is it best to pollard for the first time?

Understanding a tree species and it’s natural growth rate can determine the right first time to start pollarding.

To initiate pollarding, all the branches of the tree are cut back to the desired height.

The cut is made just above a branch junction or bud, leaving a small stub.

The height of the pollard is determined based on the desired shape and function of the tree and understanding if the timing is right will be dictated by the size and species of the tree.

Will the branches grow back and need regrowth management?

After the initial pruning, the tree will begin to produce new shoots from the cut branches.

These new shoots are allowed to grow for a certain period, typically a few years, depending on the desired regrowth.

During this time, any unwanted shoots or suckers are pruned back to maintain the desired shape and prevent overcrowding.

Will ongoing maintenance be required?

Pollarded trees require regular maintenance to sustain their shape and health.

Maintenance pruning is typically done on a cyclical basis, usually every one to three years, depending on the growth rate of the tree.

During these maintenance sessions, the new growth is pruned back to the previous pollard points or to the desired length.

Will pollarding be required for the life of the tree?

Pollarding is a long-term commitment as it requires regular pruning and management throughout the tree’s life.

The process is repeated periodically, allowing the tree to regenerate and produce new growth while maintaining its desired form.

Do you take the green waste?

We can remove all of the green waste we produce or place it in a convenient spot for you should you wish to use it for other purposes such as firewood or composting.

Green Growth Tree Services holds a green waste licence and we always dispose of all waste ethically and safely. 

Can I keep branches and limbs for my fire or log burner?

Our team are happy to leave you with wood to burn, should you wish to keep it. 

We’d always advise storing it in a cool, dry, safe place that does not carry any risk of catching fire. 

We understand that log burners are popular and firewood is expensive but it may require a year or two of storage before it is dry enough to be used for burning.

Will the tree look bare for long?

After pollarding it can take some time for a tree to grow back to the desired shape.

This varies between tree species and can be affected by soil type and rainfall. 

We’ll always try to provide a rough indication of the time scale for regrowth if you’d like that information. 

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