Tree Surgeons Blackheath

We offer the following domestic and commercial trees services in Blackheath;

Tree Services

Whether you need to just take down a tree, create more light and space, develop a tree maintenance plan or deal with nuisance and dangerous trees, we offer a full range of services including professional advice and guidance for you or your business.
Tree Work for Business

Tree Work For Business

We are trained and qualified to NPTC standards with £10,000,000 public liability insurance. We are experienced at delivering quality tree work at very competitive prices, on time, efficiently and with the utmost professionalism.
London tree stump removal

Tree Stump Removal

Tree stumps can often be deemed unattractive as well as attracting fungi and parasites to your garden. Stump grinding is the most cost effective method for removing unwanted stumps.

 

 


Are your trees protected?

It may surprise you to know that  Blackheath has 18% of the total coverage of  London trees  with Barking & Dagenham only having 8% and Barnet covering 24%; Blackheath  within the Greenwich Borough  has the largest collection of veteran species trees of any other London Borough,  most notably those within Greenwich park that include many  veteran species including Chestnut Tree and Oak, most famously Queen Elizabeth’s Oak; This huge Oak tree  dates back to the 12th century and although it died back in the  19th century, Legend has it that King Henry VIII danced around this tree with Anne Boleyn, and it’s also where their daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, often picnicked.

All of these veteran tree has protection status and are  restricted to planning by either an individual TPO “tree preservation order” or restricted to planning as the tree is within a conservation area, both would require planning consent.

The Rules on removing or carrying out work on a protected tree within your property:

Permission is always needed to carry out work to a protected tree except when the following applies.:

  • when cutting down trees in accordance with one of the Forestry Commission’s grant schemes, or where the Commission has granted a felling licence
  • when cutting down or cutting back a tree that is dead or has become dangerous
  • in line with an obligation under another Act of Parliament
  • at the request of certain organisations specified in the order
  • where a tree is directly in the way of development that is about to start and for which detailed planning permission has been granted by Greenwich Council
  • in a commercial orchard where pruning fruit trees is needed in accordance with good horticultural practice
  • to prevent or abate a legal nuisance

Greenwich Council can investigate and prosecute anyone who has carried out work without prior written consent. This would lead to an appearance in a Magistrates Court and fines for offences can be as much as £20,000.  Penalties in Crown Courts are unlimited, but can be based on the profit made.

If a tree is removed without consent then a replacement must be planted, Crown Tree Surgeons can select and plant a suitable tree in replace of one that is protected, in most cases this services is of no charge to the customer.

Applying to carry out tree surgery on a protected tree 

To make an application to remove or prune a protected tree, you need to complete a planning application for  tree work giving the following information:

  • A full and clear specification of the works to be carried out in accordance with the current industry standard
  • A sketched plan showing the location of all trees.
  • For all trees clear identification of the trees concerned.
  • For works to trees protected by a TPO you will need to state the reasons for the proposed works and provide evidence in support of the stated reasons in particular: if your reasons relate to the condition of the tree(s) – written evidence from an appropriate expert, if you are alleging subsidence damage – a report by an appropriate engineer or surveyor and one from an arboriculturist. In respect of other structural damage – written technical evidence will all need to be provided and attached with the application.

Please read the planning guidance notes before making your application.

What happens if an application is refused

If an application to carry out work on a protected tree is refused, or you object to the conditions imposed by us, then you can appeal to the Secretary of State in writing within 28 days of receiving the decision.

Appeals are normally decided on the basis of written statements, followed by a site visit. Both you and the council have the right, instead, to a public local inquiry or hearing.  The Secretary of State may allow or dismiss the appeal, or vary the original decision.

Protected Trees in Blackheath

Link to Greenwich Council tree planning

Previous Tree Surgery Work in Blackheath

Removal of mature Lombardy Poplar Trees following a tree survey at Blackheath School for Girls

Blackheath

A number of Lombardy Poplar Trees were removed following a tree survey that highlighted substantial decay in a number of mature trees within the school grounds.

The image right shows one of our tree surgeons  standing within one of the trees demonstrating the amount of decay within the tree, this also highlights the importance of tree surveys for customers that manage or own land that contain mature trees, it also demonstrates the effectiveness of a qualified tree consultant  carrying out a tree survey.

Blackheath

 

Due to the condition of some of the trees, many were unsafe to climb and were therefore felled using a 32ton winch as a means of an additional safety factor; prior to felling a nesting survey was carried out on each individual tree to ensure that no nesting birds were present.

The image left shows the first cuts being made in preparation of felling; again cavity visible only on a felling cut being made by with the use of a large forestry chainsaws.

 

Blackheath

 

You can see in this image one of our winches in use; both winch and ground anchor set up in preparation to fell one of several defective trees; the winch acts as an additional safety factor when working with dangers trees.