What is pollarding?
The term ‘pollard’ refers to (like coppice) a very old method of pruning trees, originally used to cultivate wood. This wood was then be used for many applications e.g. ship building, stakes, telegraph poles.
It was an alternative to coppicing, which was carried out closer to the ground; the reason for the pollard was to protect new growth from cattle. A pollard is pruned higher up on the stem.
A pollard is the operation of forming a “knuckle” or “bole” by removing growth back to the same point on a regular basis. This allows the tree to be kept within a maintainable size and can often result in an aesthetically pleasing crown once established.
You will often see street trees pruned in this way; it is a method which allows us to preserve our mature trees but at the same time not impeding on close proximity structures.
Only certain species of tree can withstand such pruning. Lime trees are a commonly pollarded tree, as well as Willow, Horse Chestnut, London Planes and several more. We can identify your tree and advise which operation will be most beneficial for your tree.
How we can help
- Advise you whether or not your tree can be pollarded
- Provide fully qualified tree surgeons to carry out the operation safely and efficiently
- Give you great results in short amount of time
- Provide an effective way to maintain the size of your tree
We can also provide assistance for Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas, as well as planting advice.