Trees, health and wellbeing

One of the first lessons we learn in school is the important part trees play in our world but not all of us are aware of the value that trees contribute to our health and wellbeing. With the vital role they play in our everyday lives, we need to think twice before getting the chainsaw out and chopping them down.

shutterstock_707501539Trees add height, depth, colour and contrast to any garden as well as providing a natural habitat for wildlife to flourish. They can also help protect areas of your garden by acting as wind barriers, as well as providing shade and naturally helping to drain soils.

However, trees don’t just grow to a set size and over the course of several years, a tree that had grown into the perfect shape and size could now be too big and taking up too much space. But before you grab your loppers, it may be a good idea to get some advice from a professional tree surgeon to see what your options are.

Tree Preservation Order

If you have moved into your home recently, your home search should have shown any trees in your garden that are protected by a tree protection order (TPO). If you are unsure if any of your trees are protected a tree surgeon will be able to find out for you. If your tree is protected any work carried out to the tree has to be approved by your local authority. If you carry out any work on the tree without prior approval you could fined anything from £2,500 to £20,000 if you cut it down. Visit the government website for more information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tree-preservation-orders-and-trees-in-conservation-areas

Tree assessment

A tree surgeon can ensure that your trees are maintained properly to avoid them becoming danger hazards through branches snapping or falling. They will identify any dead branches and those which are likely to become unsafe in the near future. Tree surgeons are also trained landscape gardeners so if you have a vision of what you would like your garden to look like in the future, they will be able to let you know if your current trees will grow as you visualise.

Tree reducing

Many tree surgeons are consulted to reduce a tree to let more light into a garden. Reducing a tree means that the entire crown of a tree is taken off. The crown is the top part of the tree where the leaves are. However, this may not always be the best thing to do. Removing the lower branches of a tree can also allow light to come in under the canopy which can give the same solution without affecting the tree too much and not changing the look of the garden too much as well.

Moving and removal

shutterstock_511318882Sometimes chopping a tree down may seem like your only solution but a trained tree surgeon like About Trees who will be able to advise if it is viable to move the tree to another part of your garden. Of course, moving a tree is very much a last resort quite simply because even though the tree surgeon will take great during the process, the tree will inevitably suffer some damage and stress during the move. If you do go down this route, the tree surgeon will be able to advise you of the best relocation place, the best time of year to move the tree as well as surveying the tree’s roots prior to the move.

If you’re looking to plant more trees in your garden visit the Carbon Footprint website to learn which trees maybe the most beneficial for the environment: https://www.carbonfootprint.com/plantingtrees.html