Our Crown Lifting Services

As a tree grows it’s likely that at some point you’ll need to consider ongoing maintenance. That might include, for example, the crown of a tree being reduced or lifted.

When a crown is lifted the lower primary or secondary branches are removed, which raises the overall height of the canopy, or upper layer of the tree.

And there are a number of reasons why you might need to remove those lower branches and have the crown lifted.

Perhaps the lower branches are at risk of damaging a nearby building or are posing a risk to passing traffic or pedestrians. Your tree might be stopping light from getting through or blocking a view.

When you think about crown lifting you should also discuss with your tree technician how much clearance is needed before any cutting is started.


Choosing Crestwood for Your Tree Lifting

The most important thing when undertaking any tree cutting service is the health of the tree. Not only can trees take decades to grow yet be damaged in a short time, but a tree that’s damaged can die and then pose a more serious risk (and cause more invasive work later on).

It’s important not to jeopardise the health of the tree by over lifting or removing too many mature branches. The structural integrity of the tree should be maintained and promoted, especially where large wounds may encourage disease or infection. When a tree is subject to decay it can become unstable. In extreme cases the only answer to a badly decayed tree might be

That’s why we always recommend using experienced tree surgeons. If too many lower branches are removed at any one time the tree can become damaged.  And as well as decay you might find the wood becomes discoloured or exposure to the sun can scorch it.

Crown lifting on older trees really does require an advanced knowledge of the tree species and the correct cutting techniques to use. Depending on the circumstances and type of tree it can be better to reduce the length of the branch than removal altogether. For example, where thick and large branches are involved in crown lifting, reducing their length at the right point can help slow their growth. This gives the tree time to protect itself against the risk of decay that can happen with a total removal.


Qualified, Experienced and Insured Professionals

Keeping a tree in top shape and healthy is more than just cutting away nuisance branches and leaves.

It requires expert knowledge and experience of your particular tree or hedge. What’s more, safety has to be the most important thing when cutting branches and working at height.

Crestwood’s team is all NPTC qualified. The NPTC certificate means the holder has been properly assessed for their competence in using chainsaws and other arboricultural equipment. We follow British Standard 3998 and Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG) guidelines and HSE regulations.