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Tree Surgery, Pruning & Planting

OUTCO’s tree surgery teams provide a full range of tree maintenance operations including felling, crown lifting, pollarding, canopy reductions, aerial dismantling, stump grinding and surveys for diseases such as ash dieback

Tree Surgery, Pruning & Planting

OUTCO’s tree surgery teams provide a full range of tree maintenance operations including felling, crown lifting, pollarding, canopy reductions, aerial dismantling, stump grinding and surveys for diseases such as ash dieback. In addition to the management of existing urban tree stock we can design and plant new tree and woodland planting schemes – all backed up by our tree and arboriculture consultancy services. OUTCO Tree consultancy services include tree surveys, tree maintenance and management plans, pest and disease inspections and diagnosis and treatment of tree problems.

Trees and woodlands are an extremely important part of any facility’s landscape and offering numerous benefits for the well-being of users and visitors. At the same time, trees are large structures that can affect your facility, which means that property and facility managers require tree surveys to make informed decisions.

Tree Surveys

An OUTCO tree survey gives a clear, well-defined description of the location and condition of your trees. This information can be used to provide an opinion of tree health, amenity value, probability of failure, level of impact following failure and risk to people and property. These compliance risk factors are why large estates and councils order tree surveys on a three-year cycle.

In an increasing number of facility and property-related estates, tree surveys are mandatory, to prevent a protected tree from being cut down accidentally (based on the Wildlife and Countryside Act). However, tree surveys are more often conducted when there is an intention to build outbuildings or additional offices/parking in proximity to trees. In such scenarios a tree survey is vital.

Tree surveys can provide information that has value in numerous ways for facility manager’s planning and project management processes. For example, information collected in a tree survey can provide insight to guide investment and better design of new offices or car parks, providing levels of accuracy impossible to achieve otherwise. Elsewhere, grounds maintenance contractors may decide to earmark or even add trees, so as to increase the overall asset value. Understanding which trees can and cannot be removed by law can better inform the design and ensure trees are appropriately incorporated within the planned landscape.

A tree survey should be carried out on a three-year cycle to ensure all trees on site are in a healthy and safe condition, especially with the prevalence of fungus-borne diseases such as ash dieback. An OUTCO tree survey also ensures that your trees grow in the right shape and direction, and that branches are always monitored to be cleared to 2.4m over paths, 5m over roads, 1m from all street lighting, traffic signs, traffic lights, street name plates and 2m from windows or adjacent premises.

Trees and woodlands are an extremely important part of any facility’s landscape and offering numerous benefits for the well-being of users and visitors. At the same time, trees are large structures that can affect your facility, which means that property and facility managers require tree surveys to make informed decisions

Tree Pruning

Major tree pruning operations can also be carried out by our tree surgeons as and when required. OUTCO tree pruning ensures that you comply with the Highways Act 1980 Section 154 in removal of all low branches.

Low Branch Removal

Low branches are constantly monitored, pruned and lopped to ensure that safe and clear pedestrian and vehicular routes are maintained as part of OUTCO standard tree works. OUTCO low branch removal ensures that you comply with the Highways Act 1980 Section 154 in removal of all low branches.

Epicormic Growth Removal

Epicormic growth on the base of mature trees will be removed once per year during the winter months as part of OUTCO standard tree works. Epicormic growth describes shoots growing at the base of trees and removal ensures that new suckers will be removed or thinned annually using a handsaw, secateurs or chainsaw.

Ash Dieback

Ash dieback is a fungus-borne disease affecting ash trees in the UK, and its spread has been diagnosed to be much faster than previously thought. An OUTCO tree survey will survey, advise, monitor, remove and replant the sites under your portfolio to help proactively address this deadly disease.

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