Tree Pruning

J Melton Tree Services Ltd offers a wide range of tree pruning services. All our work is carried out to the British Standard BS3998: Recommendations for tree work.

We can offer advice on which is the best option for a particular tree or circumstance.

Crown Thinning

This is the removal of a small portion of secondary and small live branches to produce a uniform density of foliage around an evenly spaced branch structure. It can improve light penetration, whilst retaining tree shape and form.

Crown Reducing

Crown reduction is used to reduce the height and/or spread of the crown of a tree by the removal of the ends of branches whilst maintaining the tree's natural shape as far as practicable. Usually when tree has outgrown its position.

Crown Lifting

This is the removal of lower branches, which would result in a desired vertical clearance above ground level or other surface. It should retain tree shape and can improve light penetration. In the UK common practice dictates clearance for vehicles is 5.2 metres (~17 feet) and for pedestrians 2.5m (~8 feet).

Crown Cleaning

This is the removal of dead, dying, diseased and damaged branches to improve safety and appearance.

Dead Wooding

This is the removal of all dead wood from a tree to improve safety and appearance.


This is the removal of all live growth back to stubs or main stem. (Only recommended in certain circumstances, as this can cause branch failure in the future, or even death of tree in some cases.) A less frequently used definition can mean the regular (annual of biannual) pruning back of small branches to the same point resulting in the formation of a 'pollard head'. Pollarded trees usually require regular treatment of re-growth.

J Melton Tree Services Ltd remove all waste from the site after pruning is completed.

If you are worried about your tree and would like a free estimate please contact us to make an appointment.