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Faithful Tree Care Blog

We like to keep you up to date at Faithful Tree Care with photos and blog posts of our latest jobs in and around Herefordshire and Worcestershire.



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.

lime before lime after

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