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There can be many reasons for reducing a tree. To get the balance of having trees in an urban environment pruning is often carried out to get this balance.

Reduction pruning can be carried out on trees or selected branches which are damaged or decayed to remove parts or reduce end weight and reduce the likelihood of failure if they weren’t pruned.

Often the ultimate size of the tree isn’t considered when it is planted and it can outgrow its location and arborists or tree surgeons are called upon to prune the tree to maintain or manage its size. Not every tree can be reduced in size for this reason, often the required size to get the result is too heavy and would not be a recommended option as it could at worst kill the tree or send in into decline. Heavy reductions often make the tree send out vigorous regrowth. We can advise and specify reductions taking this into account, we also look at what shape we will be able to get out of the tree so we can leave you with a tree that still looks nice.

Here are some photos of trees we have recently worked on. The customers liked their trees but knew that they needed some pruning to keep them to a suitable size and allow light into their homes. They got in touch with us and we arranged a convenient time to meet with them to assess the tree and advise on different options considering the species characteristics and the trees condition. They were given a written quote which they were happy with and the work was booked in on a suitable date but also making sure the work was done at the right time for the tree health too. Using tree climbing techniques our qualified and experienced arborists carried out this pruning working to British standards for tree work 3998 best practice guidelines. The aesthetics of the tree were maintained and with proper pruning cuts made. The waste material was put through our woodchipper into the van and removed (we have a valid waste carrier licence). This was recycled responsibly, and the gardens were left tidy.

Here are a couple more pictures of the work that has recently been featured in a Worcester News article. Crown reduction works were carried out on the big London Plane and Lime tree at Worcester Rowing Club.

We are pleased with the end result, a natural looking shape to the trees, but a good amount of the upper crown removed to reduce the forces at the base of the trunk.

It is tree surgery work like this that will enable us to to see these trees on the Worcester skyline for many more years.

Thanks to Hannah Worrall for the article and Jonathan Barry for the photographs.

Workmen dangle from dizzying heights to tackle two Worcester trees 

“SURE footed workmen have been busy tackling the uppermost branches of two old trees at Worcester Rowing Club.

On Thursday, a team of tree surgeons winched themselves to dizzying heights and used chain saws to sever several boughs from the Plane and Lime trees.

Tom Murray, whose staff at Faithful Tree Care carried out the work, said: “We are just removing a couple of metres from the upper crown, reducing the force on the branches…”

Read on about the tree felling at Worcester Rowing Club – Click Here

Tree Surgery in Worcester with Faithful Treecare

Photo: Jonathan Barry



This large mature Spruce tree had to be felled due to decay in the stem and roots. Access was limited and everything had to be taken away along the footpath. The tree was climbed and dismantled in small sections. Thanks to Neil for the photos taken from the homes above.

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Pleaching is the art of training trees to grow in a desired shape and goes back many hundreds of years. Pleaching typically sees hedges on stilts often on a framework with the branches tied together and sometimes naturally grafting. They require regular pruning to maintain their desired shape. The pictures here show a hornbean (Carpinus betulus) having some routine pruning by Faithful Tree Care. This species, and also beech, has the advantage that it will hold onto its coppery leaves until spring.



A tree preservation order is an order made by a council, on a tree, group of trees or woodland which are considered to bring amenity value to the surrounding area. It is an offence to cut down, uproot, prune, lop or wilfully damage or destroy the tree in question without first obtaining the Council’s consent. Anyone found guilty of such an offence is liable to a fine of up to £20,000.
Anyone who wishes to fell or carry out work to a tree protected by a TPO must apply to the Local Authority to obtain permission. They must state the reasons for making the application, the works required and make it clear to which tree the application relates.
Faithful Tree Care are happy to discuss and advise options should you have tree subject to a TPO. If required, assistance can be given with the application. The application can take 8 weeks.

We were asked to reduce the size of the crown of a Hornbeam tree which was covered by a TPO and growing close to a house in Worcester. There was also a large lime tree next to it, also protected by a TPO, which required a ‘crown clean’ – removal of deadwood and heavy growth of mistletoe, a partial reduction of selected branches was also required
The trees are considered to have high amenity value for the area. The TPO required permission from the council for the works and the pruning was undertaken to the correct specification following justification and approval for the work. The work was carried out to BS(2010) recommendations for tree work.

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Lime Tree before                                          Lime Tree after crown clean and partial reduction of lower branches


Hornbeam before hornbeam after

Hornbeam Tree before                                 Hornbeam Tree after crown reduction

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Time for this back garden tree to be kept in shape!


All waste taken away and garden left nice and tidy

Dangerous Indian Bean trees at Worcester Rowing Club

Faithful Tree Care was asked by Worcester Rowing Club to remove a large tree that had blown down in the recent storms and another tree next to it which was still standing but was in a potentially dangerous condition. Permission was kindly granted by Worcester Racecourse to work from their ground.

The trees were Indian Bean trees (Catalpa bignonioides) estimated to be around 100 years old..

The first tree had blown down in the heavy winds back in February. Given how close it was to one of the racecourse buildings it was lucky it went towards the river, although a few boats which were stored in the area were damaged.

On looking at this fallen tree it was noticed that another tree next to it and of the same age and size was in a similar condition and leaning toward the building. It was inspected by Worcester based Arboricultural Consultant Paul Barton of Barton trees and the relevant conservation area application made and permissions were granted for removal.

Faithful Tree Care is always sad to fell such old trees and use modern practices and techniques to prune trees as an alternative to felling where possible. However this was not a suitable option this time.

Given the size and where the trees were it was decided that the best way to remove these trees was with the use of a crane. The trees were carefully cut into sections by the arborists and lifted over the racecourse building and processed.

All the timber will be turned into firewood.

At Faithful Tree Care we will quote for Private & Commercial works of any size. Blog coming soon!