Tree Felling

IMG_0016-2Despite best efforts, there are of course occasions when a tree needs to be removed for safety reasons.  It may be due to infection or rot or it may be leaning dangerously near to cables, highways or rail track.

It is absolutely vital that tree felling is planned very carefully and is undertaken only by qualified professionalsusing the correct working techniques, the best possible safety equipment and a modern chainsaw with functioning safety features.  Trees must be felled safely and in the direction that you want them to fall. The factors that first and foremost affects tree felling is whether there are major obstacles in the area (overhead lines, roads and buildings, etc.) and whether the area is accessible to the public.  Nature conservation is also an integral part of the work we carry out and our felling plans take into consideration the plants and animals that live in the vicinity of the tree(s) to be felled.

Gristwood and Toms have over 40 years’ experience felling trees and will safely complete any tree felling job, regardless of size, location or condition.  We have experience in removing trees in the most extreme circumstances.  We have extensive experience in the use of cranes and are fully insured.

IMG_4529_2We will check for, advise on and submit applications to the local planning authority in relation to work involving trees under Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)and within Conservation Areas. We do this on our clients’ behalf because planning consent is required before protected trees can be pruned or felled.

Our tree felling service includes a site -specific risk assessment carried out by qualified personnel.  This will determine the quickest and safest way to remove the tree. When safety is an issue Gristwood and Toms act quickly and efficiently to ensure minimum disruption to local communities and businesses.  The removal of the tree is then carried out using the appropriate equipment operated by fully trained professionals.


Our tree surgeons all hold the relevant National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) certificates for chainsaw use and hold Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards, which allow them to work on construction sites throughout the UK. The majority of our staff hold level 3 qualifications in a range of arboricultural skills and have worked for us for many years.

All tree waste is then cleared and taken away for recycling leaving the site in a clean and safe condition.