We all wish to preserve trees wherever possible and make sure they remain standing for many years to come. However, there comes a time when a tree may become a risk to the environment and must be removed for the safety of the area.
Tree felling is the process of safely dismantling and removing dead, damaged and dying trees so that they no longer present a danger to the public.
All tree dismantling is carried out by experts with full knowledge of health and safety procedures as well as arboriculture. All trees are checked before felling takes place to ensure they are not covered by a tree preservation order or located within a conservation area.
When removing a tree there are two main methods we can use:
This involves the complete removal of a tree as one unit – often chosen for its efficiency. This can be done if there are no structures nearby that could be damaged by the removal as well as no risk to anyone in the vicinity, but this method does require meticulous planning, precise execution and advanced safety considerations.
The benefit of this method of removal is that it can be done relatively quickly. Our team will only carry out such a service if they have determined that there is no risk of damage to the surrounding area.
Before any cuts are made, our tree surgeons examine the tree's size, shape, lean, and health. This assessment will determine the natural falling direction of the tree.
The immediate surroundings are also evaluated. The team will check for obstacles like buildings, other trees, power lines, and public roads that could be affected.
Using the initial assessment, a falling direction that ensures maximum safety and efficiency is chosen. This often involves considering the natural lean of the tree and any weighted branches.
This is the first cut and it dictates the direction in which the tree will fall. The notch cut usually consists of two cuts: one horizontal and one at an angle, creating a notch with a pointed bottom.
Positioned opposite the notch cut, the felling cut is made slightly above the bottom of the notch. This cut will disconnect most of the tree from its stump, allowing it to fall in the planned direction.
As the tree begins to fall, tree surgeons must ensure that their predetermined escape route is clear. Observing the tree’s behaviour during the cut is vital to anticipate any unexpected movements.
If the tree is in an area where straight felling could cause damage, we will carry out tree sectional dismantling. This involves removing the tree in sections until only a small stump remains, which may also be removed if required.
The benefit of this method is that in built-up areas or areas with a lot of activity, there is less of a risk of property damage or injury. As with straight felling, our team will ensure that all sections are removed safely to avoid any damage.
Our tree surgeons start by evaluating the tree's health, size, and structural integrity. They'll also identify nearby hazards, like buildings, other trees, power cables, roads, or pedestrians.
Potential drop zones are earmarked, ensuring each section has a clear, safe place to be lowered.
Depending on the tree's size and the surroundings, our team might use climbing gear to ascend the tree or if space permits, use platforms/lifts for safety and better accessibility.
Starting from the top and working downwards, branches are removed one by one. Each cut piece is attached to a rope, ensuring controlled and safe descent, minimising the risk to property and people below.
After the branches are removed, the trunk is cut into sections. Each section is carefully lowered to the ground, using ropes or mechanical aids like pulleys.
Proper Protective Equipment: To get the job done well it's imperative for our tree surgeons to wear personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes hard hats, safety glasses, hearing protection, cut-resistant legwear, steel-toed boots, and gloves.
Our team are especially safety conscious and always ensures we are meeting safety standards to maintain our safety, the protection of the work area and the protection of our client's property.
Ensuring Clear Escape Routes: Before making any cuts, our team plans at least two escape routes that are free from obstacles, allowing a safe exit from the falling zone of the tree.
Continuous Monitoring: Even with careful planning, trees can behave unpredictably. Continuous observation and communication among team members are essential to respond promptly to any unforeseen circumstances.
Specialised Climbing and Rigging Equipment: Proper gear ensures the safety of our team while ascending, working on, and descending the tree.
Safety Zones: These are designated areas that are off-limits to everyone except the tree surgery crew. They ensure that no one inadvertently walks into the area where branches or sections are being lowered.
Regular Equipment Checks: Continuous monitoring and inspection of all equipment, including ropes, harnesses, chainsaws, and other tools, are vital to ensure they're in good working condition.
ARC Tree Surgery has over 10 years of tree removal experience in Ipswich and Suffolk, and we're available to assist you with all of your tree removal needs. We are a highly competent, friendly team of professionals with full insurance and accreditation. We have extensive experience working with trees in the Suffolk area. For more information, get in touch with us right away.