Special Branch Tree Surgery are Professional Arboricultural Tree Surgeons. We provide a very high level of service to all our customers whether large or small.

For friendly, expert advice and a free no obligation quote please call Special Branch Tree Surgery - tel: 01706 658771

The knowledge and experience allows us to excel in our field of expertise, all our operatives are:

 Trained to City & Guilds standards
 Educated in Tree Management
 Fully Insured


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Special Branch Tree Surgery will liase with third parties and provide Risk Assessments and Method Statements where required. All our work is carried out to British Standards.

Special Branch services include, but are not exclusive to:

Felling / Removal - The complete removal of a tree down to a small stump.

Stump grinding - mechanical removal of the stump to below ground level.

Site clearance – removal of some or all trees and bushes from construction sites to enable building works to commence

Formative pruning - pruning of young tree stock to remove dead wood and defects.

Crown lifting - removal of lower branches around a trees crown to allow light to pass through.

Pollarding - removal of all the branches of a damaged tree to allow regrowth.

Crown thinning - removal of selective branches within the tree to allow light to pass through whilst still keeping the overall shape.

Crown reduction - reduction of the size of the overall canopy.

Stump Grinding

Special Branch are the specialists in tree stump removal, we grind out the stumps using the most up to date machine called a stump grinder. This machine literally grinds the stump into chippings. This method is the most efficient method of destroying the stump leaving the area ready for the next stage of garden design, replanting, fencing or building works. Contract work is also regularly undertaken for commercial operators including other tree surgeons, landscapers and building contractors.

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To assist you we have put together a Q & A Frequently asked questions section

What happens to the chippings that are left?
Stump grinders reduce the stump to chippings that are mixed up with the soil in which the stump was standing. This valuable resulting 'mulch' is left in the tree stump hole for our customer to utilise. It can also be used as a mulch elsewhere. The ground can then be replanted immediately, turfed or the mix can be used as an excellent alternative to other forms of weed inhibiting mulch.

How much does it cost?
Costs are based upon the size and number of stumps to be removed. When asking for a quotation it would be useful to have some idea of the number of stumps and a rough idea of how wide they are and how tall the stump is. Check the available access. This information should enable Special Branch to give you an accurate, 'no obligation' quotation on the phone.

How soon can you come to remove my stump?
Special Branch try to be as flexible as we can. Work will usually be booked to be done within two weeks depending on the time of year.

Do I need to be at home?
Special Branch like to meet their customers to make sure they are 100% satisfied with the job that’s been completed. Unfortunately, due to our customer's busy lives, we don’t get to meet everyone, but our reputation is such that customers are happy for us to carry out the work in their absence knowing that the work will be done efficiently with the minimum amount of ground disturbance and the area being left tidy.

Will the tree re-grow?
Usually any stump that Special Branch remove is completely ground away and will not regrow. There are one or two exceptions, willow for example, that may send up the odd shoot from a piece of root but even these can easily be managed with advice from Special Branch.

I have a stump that is right up against a wall?
If this is the case, then Special Branch have the answer. Our versatile machinery used is ideal for inching right up to a wall, patio or other object that you do not want to have damaged in any way. Special Branch can usually take out all signs of a stump literally to within millimetres of any structure without causing damage.

How much mess will be left?
Special Branch pride ourselves in providing a service that leaves the customer completely happy with the work carried out. This includes leaving the area tidy after the operation is complete. Special Branch use shields and boards to prevent the chippings going where they are not wanted.

My stump is in the back garden?
We use versatile equipment, which is motorised, and self-propelled but we do need access, a standard 30" garden gate is usually sufficient. If there are tight twists and turns, steps or very steep banking’s, please ring to discuss access.

Logs and Woodchip

Woodchip mulch can be used for woodland paths or to create a soft landing area for your children’s play area or horse riding arena. Suppresses weed growth in your flowerbeds. You will need 4 inches of mulch to completely block the light from the soil beneath.

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Our woodchip is a large chip this means the woodchip mulch will work better, look better, and last longer than what is available from other tree surgeons. Mulching simply means putting a layer of cover on the surface of the ground which will rot into the soil over a period of time. Wood chipping's are ideal for use around the garden as a mulch on your shrub beds.

Logs - Timber from our tree surgery business is seasoned at our farm before cutting and splitting into logs. Remember burning logs for your heating is a carbon neutral fuel source using recycled timber, and if you buy 10 bags or more we will give you free delivery (local area) or an extra bag FOC if you collect!

BSL Authorised

As a BSL Authorised company our logs and firewood meet and exceed the standards set by the BSL.

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Don't just take our word for it. You can find us on the Biomass Suppliers List.

The BSL is administered by Gemserv on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The BSL is a list of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) eligible woodfuels and biomass suppliers may register their woodfuels on the BSL.

RHI participants using biomass fuel need to ensure that their fuel meets the RHI sustainability criteria and demonstrate this to Ofgem in order to claim RHI payments. Fuel must meet a lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions criteria of 60 per cent GHG savings against the EU fossil fuel average, and the land criteria - which for woodfuel are set out in the UK Timber Standard for Heat and Electricity.

The BSL is a fuel sustainability scheme but encourage the use of high quality fuel. The BSL supports the use of fuel with quality assurance certification through Woodsure and ENplus.