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Tree Pollarding Service

Pollards are developed by the removal of the leading shoots of trees, during immaturity, so that numerous small branches develop near the positions of cutting.

A managed pollard makes it easier for the tree to seal and compartmentalise the pruning wounds which assists the tree in preserving valuable energy reserves (carbohydrates) in the knuckle.

Historically pollards were managed to provide food for livestock (fodder), and a source of fuel. Today pollards are managed predominantly for aesthetic purposes, to prevent a tree from outgrowing its bounds. Usually the new branches are removed on a periodic basis so that the height and spread of the crown remains restricted. Pollard heads or knuckles, develop at the tips of the permanent branch framework.


Good Pollard Management

  • In order to pro-actively manage the pollard it is recommended that you re-pollard the tree every 4-6 years, dependent on species, age, size and environment
  • Many of our clients have a good understanding of a healthy management cycle
  • Ensure whoever you instruct to carry out the works have a good underpinning knowledge of Arboriculture (Tree Work)

It is recommended that you are properly consulted with before instructing someone to carry out the work because many operatives do not fully understand what a ‘Pollard’ is and consequently their lack of knowledge could mislead you in to having your perfectly healthy tree ‘Topped’ .

Mature trees that have not been managed as pollards before are generally not suitable nominees for this nature of pruning due to the large wounds inflicted upon the tree.

This would be seen in the eyes of many as a cruel act of nature (topping). Pollards must be cut periodically in order to keep them within their desired form, size and shape.

Apart from this requirement, the development of long heavy branches from the pollard head sometimes represents a hazard which has to be managed.

Lapsed pollards become unacceptably large or hazardous. Re-cutting may be required as a remedy, but this could lead to widespread decay if the cuts thereby created expose old central wood which has poor resistance to microbial colonisation.

Pollarding Testimonials

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Crown Reduction

A crown reduction involves only the outer part of the crown, and therefore provides only a modest reduction in overall height and spread.

Crown Thinning

Selective removal of secondary branches within the canopy. Crown Thinning reduces the sail area, leaving the shape and size of the crown.

Formative Pruning & Monolith

Formative pruning is carried out to enhance the branch structure, enabling the tree to be free from mechanical weaknesses.


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