Oakdale NE Ltd Tree Landscape Specialists

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Oakdale (NE) Limited

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Pollard

The removal of leaf bearing branches to leave structural limbs as re-growth point

If pollarding is to be carried out, it should preferably start soon after the tree has become established and is between 25 mm to 50 mm in diameter at the selected height of pollarding (often 2 m to 3 m).
The initial pollarding cut should be made at a height which reflects site dynamics but which, if possible, allows some of the pre-existing foliage to be retained, in order to maintain physiological function and thus
reduce the probability of dieback or death.
 
If the tree divides into a number of stems or branches below a height of 3 m, these should be individually cut so as to initiate a “candelabra” framework.
 
If the stem has attained a diameter of more than 50 mm, but less than about 200 mm at 2 m to 3 m height, pollarding may still be initiated. The tree should be cut at or near the same height as a younger tree, but extra care should be taken to retain some existing branches. Larger trees should not normally be treated in this way 
 
Once initiated, a pollard should be maintained by cutting the new branches on a cyclical basis. The frequency of the cycle should be decided according to site management objectives, species, age, condition and/or
any product that might be required. Selective cutting, whereby some of the pollard branches are retained within each cycle, should be chosen if this would help to prevent dieback and decay in the stem.
 
Branches that grow after pollarding should normally be cut at their
bases in order to encourage the formation of a knuckle after a number of cycles. If, however, the pollard cycle has been allowed to lapse over many years, the crown should instead be reduced to the minimum necessary to fulfil current objectives. i.e. the relief of any mechanical stress that would otherwise be likely to cause
the stem to split apart.
Even if the stress on an old pollard branch is severe, it should not be cut back to the knuckle, since the removal of all its attached foliage would probably lead to physiological dysfunction and decay. It should instead be shortened by cutting just above a suitable lateral branch, or failing that, by retaining a live stub from which
new shoots could grow.
 
If crown reduction would be insufficient to safeguard those branches that are most likely to fail, they may be reduced to stubs in one operation (a “pole thin”), while the remaining branches are shortened so as to retain enough of the leaf-bearing twig structure to sustain the tree[s] retention .
Tree Pollard

Testimonials

"It was an absolute pleasure working with you and such a professional organisation.    I look forward to working together in the future."

Mr Jim Croft Associate Director ( Heritage )

  “All the lads were well mannered
and very hard workers. I offered them
cups of tea but they’ve never had one,
they don’t stop. Great workers.”
 
Christine Wright, Derwent Bungalows.
 
 "It was an absolute pleasure working with you and such a professional organisation.  I look forward to working together in the future."
 
Mr Jim Croft Associate Director ( Heritage ).

"Thankyou for the service so far provided and can I add that the quality & response has been of the highest order , with no complaints whatsoever. I am highly delighted & look forward to a long working relationship".

Grounds Surveyor

“I would like to thank Oakdale Ltdfor the professional job they undertook when removing a large Horse chestnut tree from my back garden.

The crew never stopped working from the minute they arrived and caused no collateral damage which was amazing given the size of the tree and it's location.

I have no hesitation in recommending them to others.

Mr. G. Culley.

Thank you for the work done in my garden today cutting down my hazel tree and removing the holly trees.  Your two workers Scott and Brian did  a fantastic job and worked really hard and tidied the garden really well. I am really impressed yet again (a couple of years ago your company took down an enormous ash tree for me).
 
Elaine  Hunt.
 

"Thankyou for the service so far provided and can I add that the quality & response has been of the highest order , with no complaints whatsoever. I am highly delighted & look forward to a long working relationship".

Grounds Surveyor

 

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