Professional Tree Surgeons Based in Edinburgh

Here at Special Branch Scotland, we offer a variety of different urban and rural tree services. Below are just a few examples of what our qualified expert tree surgeons and arborists can do for you.

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If there is enough space, the tree felling technique can be used where a tree is pulled down intact. This techniques requires precision and skill to ensure that the tree falls properly. Though a rare occurrence due to space limitations and the close proximity of buildings, our tree surgeons are trained and qualified to use this technique.
Section dismantling happens when there is not enough space to fall a tree that is intact. This could be because the tree is too big or the space is not sufficient enough. Section dismantling or section felling is when a trained tree surgeon dismantles the tree section by section from the top down. All of our tree surgeons are trained to do this safely and efficiently.
Crown Reduction is reducing the overall volume and visible size of a tree from the top, while maintaining the natural balance and shape. The reasons for this include:
  • Reducing the volume to make it less susceptible to high winds
  • Thins out the canopies to provide more light
  • Removal of potentially hazardous decay
Crown lifting is the removal of or the preparation for the removal of lower branches at a desired height, usually to provide clearance below. The reasons for this include:
  • Provide increased clearance that would be according to any statutory height clearance requirements
  • Prevent the jeopardisation of the trees' long term future
  • Improve the appearance of the tree
Crown thinning is the selective removal of branches from a tree in a way that allows the tree to retain its overall size. The reasons for this include:
  • The removal of any dead of split branches
  • Increasing airflow by reducing the canopy to increase tree health
  • Reducing the the appearance of a really thick canopy
Deadwooding is the process of removing dead branches from trees. Tree branches die and decay naturally and might fall out of trees onto the property or public space below. The reasons for deadwooding include:
  • Reduce the hazard of falling dead branches onto people and property
  • Reduce the potential of landing on roads and heavily used areas
One of the tree services we offer to help maintain a healthy tree and reduce any issues that could affect the tree in the future. What does pollarding include:
  • The process of removing smaller branches and shoots
  • Reduce the tree possibility of growing out of control and becoming a danger to the public and buildings
  • Especially useful in the stormy months as it reduces the vulnerability of the branches to high winds
When it comes to tree removal, stump grinding can be seen as the last stage. After the felling of a tree what is left is the stump at ground level and not always seen as an attractive left over. If left can cause problems in the future by way of causing root disease and fungi growth e.g. honey fungus. What is involved in removing the stump:
  • Site inspection to evaluate which process is necessary
  • Small stumps are often removed by hand, but bigger ones will need to employ specialist equipment
  • Stumps that need ground down with equipment will be done so to allow the lawn etc. to grow over the area affected
slicing up a sycamore tree with a chainsaw

Using the chainsaw on a newly felled Sycamore tree in Arrochar.

up high cutting tree branches

Working hard high up a tree in Arran.