Hickson Wardle Treecare offer a wide range of services, according to what’s needed for any given tree in its specific environment. This section describes in brief, some common techniques in arboriculture.

We give knowledgeable advice on the tree work required, taking into account factors such as species, age, vigour, previous work done, and the tree’s immediate environment, always considering the long-term health of the tree.

When we visit potential clients to give a no-obligation quote, we’re happy to go into more detail regarding the techniques and the work we think is needed in each particular case. If required we can also advise on long-term care plans.

At HWT we pride ourselves on working safely and efficiently and when necessary will use advanced rigging systems that ensure the safe lowering of debris, in order not to impinge on immediate surroundings, ie: your garden, your neighbours’ gardens and your property itself. During work carried out in conservation areas, or on trees that fall under Tree Preservation Orders, HWT will take care of the paperwork and relevant applications to local councils.

HWT offer an emergency service in response to storm damage.


Planting/replanting Hickson Wardle Treecare are more than happy to advise on which tree species are suitable and/or viable when replanting is desired.

Crown cleaning Removal of dead, diseased or damaged branches to ensure long and healthy life for any given tree.
Why? To eliminate risk of injury or damage to property by falling dead wood.

Crown lifting Removal of the lower branches of the tree.
Why? Sometimes an aesthetic practice but, in some cases, a legal requirement, if the tree is impinging on a public footpath or carriageway.

Crown thinning Thinning out the tips of branches, without altering the tree’s silhouette.
Why? With wind resistance minimised, less strain is put on the tree. This practice also allows more light to shine through the canopy.

Crown reduction Typically, the removal of up to 30 per cent of the tree’s overall leaf coverage, reducing height and spread of the canopy.
Why? To reduce “end loading” of branches and thus ensure a stronger structure, and to maintain a tree’s size.

Pollarding Regular removal of upper branches, promoting a dense “knuckle” of foliage.
Why? This maintains a solid framework, and is ideal for a tree growing in restrictive surroundings.

Crown restoration Corrections to storm damage or previous tree work.

Removal/felling Sometimes there is no other option but to fully remove a tree.