Tree Pollarding in London
Whilst walking the streets and parks of London during the winter, you may have noticed some trees with an unusual appearance. The lower branches are extremely thick, often with a curious bulbous end, with many thin twig-like branches growing vertically from the ends. This method of pruning a tree is called pollarding.
Pollarding is a method of tree management where the main leading stem of a young tree is removed to encourage regrowth. The regrowth that then occurs can be regularly removed (re-pollarding) back to the same point (the pollard head).
Why Pollarding is Required
In towns and cities, it is first and foremost ornamental – it looks neat and keeps trees at or below a specific height. In the photo above, you can see that the trees, if left to grow un-pollarded, will soon block out the light from the upper floor flats as well as the ground floor. There are also benefits for the tree and for safety.
Pollarding creates a dense canopy of vigorous new growth which looks attractive and creates less shade. Since the leaf-carrying branches are thin, there is less crown weight and therefore less wind resistance and of course less to fall on the heads of passers by! The act of pollarding a tree also is said to increase its lifespan as it keeps the tree in a partially young state.
Pollarding Contractors in London
Pollarding a tree correctly requires a specialist tree company. London has many, including ourselves. Should you choose Graftingardeners ltd to pollard your trees, you can be assured of a personal, friendly and efficient service by our professional tree surgeons. We are fully insured and are known for our efficient and clean working methods. Once pollarded, your tree will need re-pollarding at intervals of 3 to 5 years.