Effective Tree Surgery

Steps to effective and efficient tree services from Thompson Tree Services (Midlands) Ltd 

1. Call or email book a site visit, for a free, no obligation, written quotation

2. Compare your quotes and check all insurances and accreditations

3. If the trees are within a conservation area or are protected by a Tree Preservation Order, then an application for work will need to be submitted to the Local authority. Discuss this on the site visit

4. A risk assessment will help to ensure the safety of our team, your property and the public

5. Trust and rely on Thompson Tree Services (Midlands) Ltd to provide a high standard of work with a skilled polite team

6. Be assured that the site will be left clean and tidy

7. Feel free to feed back with comments which may help our company’s continuous improvement program

Crown Thinning

Crown thinning is the removal of a small portion of secondary and small live branches to produce a uniform density of foliage around an evenly spaced branch structure. It is usually confined to broad-leaved species. Crown thinning includes crown cleaning and does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree. Common reasons for crown thinning are to allow more light to pass through the tree, reduce wind resistance or to lessen the weight of heavy branches and improve form.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction is used to reduce the height and/or spread of the crown of a tree by the removal of the ends of branches whilst maintaining the tree’s natural shape as far as practicable. This is usually shown in meters of canopy removed from the branch tips.

Crown Lifting

Crown lifting is removal of the lowest branches and preparing of lower branches for future removal, normally to give a uniform height from ground level. Good practice dictates crown lifting should not normally include the removal of large branches growing directly from the trunk as this causes large wounds which may jeopardise the long term future of the tree. Common reasons for crown lifting are to bring more light and give access for traffic. In the U.K. common practice dictates clearance for vehicles is 5.2 metres (~17 feet), and for pedestrians 2.5m (~8 feet).


“Pollarding trees” means cutting them back nearly to the trunk, to produce a dense mass of branches. It is sometimes done today for aesthetic purposes and/or to keep a beloved tree from outgrowing its bounds, necessitating removal. But traditionally, it was done for other reasons: the cut branches were either fed to livestock (fodder), burned as fuel or used to make things. Pollarding begins on young trees, and the process is repeated throughout the life of the tree. Only certain types of trees are suited to pollarding.


Felling – The complete removal of a tree down to near ground level either sectional using advanced rigging techniques, or as a whole from ground level if the site permits. This work may involve the careful lowering of branches and timber so as not to cause damage or destruction to surrounding plants and structures. The stump will be left as close to the ground as possible but will be above soil level

Stump Grinding

The removal of tree stumps after felling. A 24-inch wide access is needed for the machine. The stump grinding machine will slowly mill the stump down to 6-9 inches below ground level. Deeper grinds can be achieved if necessary. The resulting spoil is a mixture of soil and small wood particles left in situ, this product is normally disposed of within most gardens as a mulch, but can be removed if required.

Formative Pruning

Directional pruning is an alternative to topping that leaves trees healthier and ultimately reduces future line clearing costs. In directional pruning, only branches that head toward the utility lines (or other obstructions such as transformers or switches) are pruned. Those that are growing down or out away from the wires are left alone to continue their growth. No stubs are left since branches are always pruned at the point where they reach another branch or at a “crotch”. Such pruning cuts heal well and minimise sprouting and decay when properly made

'These accreditations are vital to providing quality, skilled and safe work'

Trust mark is a quality mark which runs a framework under which 30 Scheme Operators work in the RMI (repair, maintenance, and improvement) sector, including local government trading standards teams, trade associations, and independent Scheme Operators. We have been successful in achieving this status.

Derbyshire Trusted Trader can help you find accurate and reliable traders who commit to doing a great job for a fair price. Reviews of Thompson Tree Services (Midlands) Ltd are available now.

The association sets strong standards of skill, safety, and organization to achieve ARB approved status. We are 1 of approximately 280 contractors, nationwide.

CHAS is a Health and Safety competence accreditation demanding an annual renewal audit. Thompson Tree Services (Midlands) Ltd has been recognized by achieving high standards and organization in Health and Safety.

ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies conditions for a quality management system (QMS). Companies use the standard to show the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and administrative requirements.

ISO 14000 is a group of standards related to environmental management that exists to help businesses (a) minimize how their operations (processes, etc.) negatively affect the environment (i.e., cause adverse modifications to air, water, and land); (b) comply with relevant laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented terms, and (c) continually improve in the above.

OHSAS 18001 is the International Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard. It presents a structure for the effective administration of OH&S including all aspects of risk management and legal compliance. It discusses occupational health and safety rather than any specific product safety matters.

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