Tree Surgeon in Essex, Hertfordshire and London


Tree surgery

Tree surgery, often perceived as a simple act of cutting branches, is a profound blend of art and science. It’s the cornerstone of arboriculture, dedicated to the health and well-being of trees.

The Craft: Skilled tree surgeons, or arborists, employ a combination of knowledge, experience, and precision. They understand the unique needs of different tree species, the challenges posed by various environments, and the best techniques to address specific issues.

Range of Services: Tree surgery encompasses a broad spectrum of services. From pruning, which helps shape trees and remove dead or diseased branches, to crown reduction that manages the height and spread of a tree. It also includes more complex procedures like tree removal, especially for trees that pose risks to structures or people.

Mulching: Due to current environmental factors with long dry and often hot spells with less prolonged rain, tree roots are struggling everywhere. At Green Canopy we actively promote Mulching as large an area around the base of trees to retain moisture during these times and feeding the delicate fibrous roots near the surface.


Holistic Approach

Beyond the physical tasks, tree surgery is about understanding the life of trees. It considers factors like tree age, health, environmental conditions, and potential threats. This holistic approach ensures that interventions are not just reactive but also proactive, aiming for the long-term health and stability of trees.



[ Hedge pruning and maintenance ]

Hedges need regular trimming to keep in good shape and promote healthy, dense growth. The intention behind pruning hedges is to prevent dead or dying branches from harming neighbouring plants and people and to keep hedges healthy and looking neat and uniform. You should trim 3-4 times per year at the turn of the season for the best results.

Quick facts

  • Formative pruning is carried out on young hedges and encourages bushy growth; maintenance pruning (trimming) keeps established hedges looking good
  • A hedge with dense growth can help to block noise, pollution and unsightly views.

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[ tree planting ]


Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s A terrestrial biodiversity. Trees absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.

Have you ever taken an Aspirin? It comes from the bark of a tree! Trees also help to improve soils and prevent flooding and erosion. Trees create shade and shelter for crops and all livestock including humans. Another added benefit is that trees are visually pleasing and can be harvested for fruit, nuts, syrups and timber.

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[ pollarding ]

Pollarding is a pruning technique used for many reasons. Pollarding or cutting top tree branches back to the trunk, leaving club headed stems that grow a thick head of new branches.

The purpose in some areas is to limit the area of top growth which can prevent trees and shrubs outgrowing their allotted space. Pollarding can also reduce the shade cast by a tree. Pollarding is often necessary on street trees to prevent electric wires and streetlights being obstructed and making them more manageable in the future.

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[ Tree pruning and shaping ]

Tree pruning promotes new healthy growth. When you remove struggling or dead branches your tree can dedicate more resources to other areas. The more you prune the lusher your tree will grow, as long as you don’t take it too far. It encourages fruit production for a more bountiful harvest.

Pruning can be used to treat disease, especially if it’s a fungal infection. Pruning can prevent safety hazards as trees can quickly pose a safety hazard if they are damaged but drought, disease or wind. Pruning helps to shape a tree so that it’s more aesthetic but a well pruned and shaped tree should be sympathetically done. A proper pruning cut does not damage either the branch bark ridge or the branch collar. Pruning also removes unwanted growth. For example if the branches are growing too close to a building
Or power line.

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    [ Tree Felling ]

    We love trees, they keep us and most living things alive and as healthy as we can be. But the two main reasons for felling or taking down a tree is predominantly for safety reasons or because a tree has overtaken its growing space.

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    [ Stump Removal ]

    A tree stump is likely to get in the way of your garden maintenance, essentially rendering a patch of your lawn or garden unusable.
    Grinding your tree stump down will free up space, remove obstacles when mowing and tending your garden, and improve its overall appearance. Grinding down and removing a tree stump also allows for replanting of a new tree or for building services to take place.

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    [ Irrigation & Watering ]

    The main goal for irrigation is to provide plants with the proper amount of water at the best time. Adequate soil water will influence the entire growth process from seedbed preparation, germination, root growth, nutrient utilisation, plant growth and regrowth, yield, and quality. Drip irrigation is a great alternative for trees, shrubs, perennials and ground covers. Little or no water is list to evaporation as the water is applied at ground level, near plant roots.

    A well planned watering system can help you to avoid over watering, which not only wastes water but can be harmful to your plants. Automatic and timed watering systems give you peace of mind if you are away from home for holidays or extended periods of time.

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      [ Tree Conservation ]

      Tree conservation is the preservation and management of trees within a certain area or forest and so by extension would include individual trees. It is a principle, a policy, and a practice, all of which have become more common and popular in the decades of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This work and education program has great value to civilisation, wildlife, and the overall well-being of the world’s ecosystems, as well as potentially influencing climate and the use and conservation of other natural resources. Conservation includes habitat for wildlife and natural organisms and plays a big part in habitat for birds, owls, bats, insects and the like.

      We can supply and install owl and bird boxes for preserving the natural wildlife in large trees.

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        [ Fungi identification ]

        Fungi that grow on trees can affect the overall tree health and can even cause trees to die or weaken to the point of becoming a danger to people and property. While often viewed by homeowners as harmless, tree fungi can cause disease. If in doubt, get an expert’s opinion.

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        Why Tree Surgery Matters

        Health & Longevity

        Proper tree surgery techniques ensure trees live longer, healthier lives, free from diseases and pests.

        Safety & Aesthetics

        Regular tree maintenance prevents potential hazards and keeps trees looking their best.

        Property Value

        Well-maintained trees can enhance property value, offering both beauty and shade.

        Ecosystem Balance

        Healthy trees contribute positively to the environment, supporting wildlife and improving air quality.

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        Is Tree Surgery Right for You?


        For those with trees on their property, ensuring their health and safety is paramount.


        Public spaces with trees require regular maintenance for public safety.


        Before construction, tree surgery can help prepare and preserve the landscape.


        Companies with green spaces benefit from tree surgery to maintain a pristine environment.


        Give Your Trees the Care They Deserve

        With Green Canopy’s expert tree surgeons, ensure your trees receive top-tier care, preserving their health and beauty.