By Silva Tree Surgeons

Effective tree management on a very old Oak.

We were contracted to carry out some tree management on a very large, very old Oak pollard. The tree has a fungus growing on it called Oak Polypore (Piptoporus quercinus), this particular fungus can cause extensive rot and structural weakness within the tree. With this in mind we have embarked on a long term management plan to reduce the height and spread of the tree over a period of 10 years. Every 2/3 years we will reduce it by another few metres to allow it to adapt, until finally it will be at a height where it is no threat to the neighbouring property. It was a grim day weather wise but job completed successfully.

London Plane limb reduction
By Silva Tree Surgeons

Large Plane Tree Limb Reduction

Silva Tree Surgeons were contracted to reduce a heavy over extended limb on a beautiful London Plane tree in Sparkford.  The branch spanned both sections of the main road, as well as overhanging service lines.  The work itself took out 4 man team 2 hours to complete.  Time on site included setting up of traffic management.
Limb reduction can be required in situations where there is a potential for failure to cause damage or injury.


The limb was reduced back to a suitable growth point using correct pruning techniques.  Therefore helping encourage recovery and healing of the pruning wound.  All our tree surgery works are carried out to BS3998.  Finally a visual inspection of the rest of the tree was carried out.

Tree surgery to London Plane Tree

Repollarding 2 Willow Trees in Creech St Michael
By Silva Tree Surgeons

Repollarding 2 Willow Trees

Silva Tree Surgeons at work repollarding 2 Willow trees in Creech St Michael.  This job required 3 groundsmen due to its location, size, and access for removal of all the arisings.  The job was complicated by the presence of BT cables.  This involved careful removal of the overhang limbs with hand tools.  Once cleared from the lines the remaining branches were able to be removed with ease.


Pollarding is one technique used to maintain the size of a tree in a smaller space.  When done correctly and regularly, trees develop pollard heads which themselves can add quite an attractive feature.  After a tree has been pollarded it will throw out a series of new growth from each point.  If this regrowth is allowed to become too large, it can be prone to splitting off.  Therefore it is important that this regrowth is managed on a regular basis.  This does vary from species to species but we generally recommend repollarding every 2-3 years.

Pollarded WIllow Tree


Conifer hedge reduction
By Silva Tree Surgeons

Conifer Hedge Reduction in North Petherton

Creating A New Line

Silva tree surgeons recently carried out a conifer hedge reduction at a residential address in North Petheron.

What was already a difficult task was complicated by the previous contractor.  A lot of the previous cuttings had been left in the hedge.  In addition, the previous cuts followed no set line meaning we had to create a new level.  This ate up a day for our team of 4, with 2 men cutting and 2 clearing.  The customer was delighted in the finished results of the hedge, therefore leading to the promise of yet more work.


When carrying out conifer hedge reductions it is important to get the initial reduction right as this sets the guide for subsequent trims.  Over the course of the next couple of years we will carry out a minimum of 1 trim per year.  Cutting the regrowth regularly like this allows us to create a neater and also crisper finish over time.