Crown thinning is the removal of a portion of smaller/tertiary branches, usually at the outer crown. The goal is to produce a uniform density of foliage around an evenly spaced branch structure.


It is confined to broad-leaved species, such as willow, sycamore, ash etc. Crown thinning does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree.

The benefits of crown thinning are considerable. A thinner crown allows the wind to pass through more easily, this significantly reduces what we call the sail effect.


Local authorities would view this as good management as this particular proceedure greatly improves the trees chances of increased longevity, less likely to succomb to storm damage and greatly reduce potential hazardous public liability. Thinning allows more daylight through the canopy.

During the process we always remove any decaying or dead wood branches, making it safer for bot property and person

This is an on going procedure. Our customers who use this service usually adopt a 5 year management plan,  where we return and repeat the same work. A classic example is Lime trees which are remown for having excessively busy crowns, which is all the more important as it is not the strongest wood out there.


The material should be removed systematically throughout the tree, should not exceed the stated percentage and not more than 30% overall.

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