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Tree Felling South Wales

Tree Felling South Wales from South Wales Knotweed Removal

We are a local family-run business offering a genuine and reliable service for Knotweed Treatment and Removal as well as Tree Felling South Wales.

We are based in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire and have been in operation since 2013. We specialise in the treatment and control of Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia Japonica), other invasive plant species and ‘general nuisance weeds’ found in residential premises and land earmarked for housing and commercial development. We also specialise in Tree Felling Services as well as crowning, removal and pollarding etc. Our experienced NPTC qualified chainsaw operators have over 40 years combined experience in the forestry industry.

We cover the whole of South Wales and the West Wales area up to Aberystwyth, North Powys and throughout Gwent. We carry out work in Bristol and deep into the West Country and as far north as Shropshire and Birmingham.

What is Tree Felling?

Tree Felling is the process of cutting down individual trees and the person carrying this out is known as a Tree Feller. Tree Felling is a dangerous activity if you don’t have the qualifications and experience to carry it out safely.

Tree Felling is a fine art and you need to have extensive knowledge of trees, woodlands and surrounding areas to understand the best way to prune or remove a tree to make sure it falls safely without harming anyone or anything around it. Precision felling is key to the safe removal of trees or large plants.

Tree FellingWhat will an experienced Tree Feller do?

An experienced and knowledgeable Tree Feller will assess and prepare before they start work. The first step in felling involves assessing the situation, planning the fall, clearing around the base of the tree and preparing an escape path. A qualified Tree Feller will always look upwards as well as around to size up the crown, any dead branches that might fall, dead branches in nearby trees that may be knocked loose, rotten stems that may break, intertwined branches that may affect or prevent the fall, and look for nearby snags that may be hit. They will also consider the lean and crook of the tree and the direction the wind is blowing. Anything that affects the balance of the crown will affect the direction of fall and may also have produced reaction wood. They will keep an eye out for trees that could be knocked over, spring back or toss broken pieces at you and look for obstacles; rocks, stumps, uneven ground that may cause the stem to break or rebound. They will always cut dead and downed trees or snags that could interfere with the felling, limb the lower portions of the tree and clear an escape path before they actually begin cutting the tree down.

The key and priority of Felling are dropping the tree safely to the ground, exactly where you want it, to enable easy removal, with minimal damage to other trees or anything or anyone around it.

What Qualifications do you need as a Tree Feller or Tree Surgeon?

A qualified Tree Surgeon is trained and is an expert in the cutting back and removal of any age trees or plants and will hold CSCS cards and have a City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 accreditation in chainsaw use as well as being compliant with all industry standards and Health & Safety legislation.

Many mature trees are protected by tree preservation orders which in general means that you need the council’s consent to prune or fell them. If you are unsure if a tree you want to prune or remove is protected by a tree preservation order then we advise you to contact your local council before you do anything or invite a Tree Surgeon or Tree Felling company around to give you a quote.
You are permitted to prune or cut down any tree on your land if it is healthy and as long as it is not subject to a Tree Preservation Order or located with a conservation area.

Tree Felling Licences

In order to help protect trees, woodlands and forests, a felling licence from the Forestry Commission is normally required to fell trees. It is an offence to fell trees without a licence if an exemption does not apply.

Tree Felling Licences

It’s an offence to fell trees without a licence if an exemption does not apply. Anyone involved in the felling of trees; owner, agent, timber merchant or contractor must ensure that a licence has been issued before any felling is carried out unless they are absolutely certain that any one of the exemptions applies. If there’s no licence or other valid permission, or if the wrong trees are felled, anyone involved can be prosecuted. You should also check that any company you use is insured and has public liability insurance in place.

We would also advise you to talk to your neighbours to make them aware of your tree felling plans so you ensure they won’t get upset or complain about any trees that you remove.

UK Forestry Standard

The UK Forestry Standard sets out the UK government’s approach to sustainable forestry and woodland management, including standards and requirements, regulations and monitoring, and reporting. It applies to all woodland and woodland operations, regardless of who owns or manages it.

Tree Preservation Order (TPO)

A TPO is made by the local planning authority (LPA), usually, a local council, to protect specific trees and areas of woodland from deliberate damage and destruction. You can contact your LPA to find out if a TPO applies to your proposed project, or if you are in a Conservation area. 

Landowners are responsible for all trees within the boundary of their property and you will only need permission to fell or prune a tree in your property if it is covered by a tree preservation order 

Our Tree Felling Services

Our work conforms with the current best practices for Arboricultural works and in accordance with BS3998 (2010) and we adhere strictly to Health & Safety legislation at all times.

Since 2015, we have offered a Tree Felling Service and the processing of trees up to 380mm. In an industry that is so unforgiving of errors, the health, wellbeing & safety of all our staff and customers lie at the forefront of our business and our strong commitment to safe working practices is our priority.

All our work is carried out by appropriately qualified tree surgeons with extensive knowledge and experience, who:

  • Tree Felling
  • Crown Trimming
  • Crown Pruning
  • Removal
  • Stump Grinding
  • Dangerous / Damaged Trees
  • Hedge Trimming
  • Ground Clearance
  • Emergency Call Out Services

We are happy to cut any wood to the size you need to use for firewood. Alternatively, we are happy to remove the wood off-site for resale or disposal. This line of work overlaps with our garden/site clearance and works well with our weed control service. Since starting this area of our business, we have seen a consistent increase in demand for general trimming and maintenance including; branch cutting and hedge strimming. We carry out private work for domestic properties and larger scale construction contracts for property developers.

Tree Trimming & Felling Service

We do not own our own plant hire or operate larger scale machinery, however, we do work closely with a local plant hire business and this enables us to offer a site clearance service incorporating chipped or treated wood into topsoil and removal of any waste material off-site.

As with our weed control service, we will attend sites to make a visual assessment, offering our appropriate services and a free, no obligation quote.

Contact us

If you are looking for a professional, reliable and safe Tree Felling Service or a Tree Surgeon South Wales then contact us on 01269 591651 today and one of our experts will be able to help answer any questions you may have or book in your free site assessment.

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