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Heritage Tree Care Ltd. ISA Experts in Arboriculture | Professional Tree Surgeons in Cork & Kerry | Consultancy | Site Clearance | Skilled Pruning | Tree & Stump Removal | Firewood



Due to the advanced skill and professional capabilities of our experienced climbers, Heritage Tree Care Ltd. are proud to speicalise in some of the more challenging aspects of tree surgery:

  • Large & Dangerous Trees • Trees in tight-confined spaces

 • Aerial Services  • Lightning Protection Systems.


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The climbers in our team have experience working on some of the largest trees in the world, including those in New Zealand, Tasmania and California. As such, our climbers have gleaned exceptional skills by which to navigate dangerous trees. These vital skills include technical rigging, knowledge about how to assess the strength of the tree, how to support the weight of the tree, and the caution; if not fearlessness by which to carry out the work.

Not all compromised trees require removal. We work off the ISA 'TRAQ' risk matrix, where all tree risk is relative to its 'target'. Tree-risk guidelines are closely adhered to and we will discuss these with you when fomulating a work-plan for your trees. 


Examples of work on dangerous or compromised trees include:


  • The removal of trees that have fallen or partially-fallen into other trees or neighbouring properties. Trees can fall for many reasons, it may be the result of poor-anchorage, heartwood decay or extreme wind-funnelling. Damaged or diseased trees are a hazard and require specialised skills to remove. 

  • The reduction or cabling of bifurcated trees. Trees which have co-dominant leaders, with weak unions, are have splits, are dangerous, not only to people, but neighbouring property because there is a high risk of them splitting further and causing damage. Our aborists can carry out specialised target pruning and construct complex cabling mechanisms to support your tree and ensure its future structural stability. 



Heritage Tree Care Ltd. excel at tree work in tight, confined spaces, for example large trees in small gardens, alleyways or decking. Tree work in tight confined spaces often requires advanced knowledge of technical rigging methods, so that branches or sections can be 'dropped', from height, accurately into small areas. This process requires arborists of a high-skill level to mitigate risk and effectively prevent accidental damage from occurring. 

Aerial Assistance


Aerial assistance includes the use of all hoists, cranes or helicopters or other aerial services, to aid in the removal of trees which are simply too big or inaccessible, to use typical tree surgery methods on. Our skilled climbers and groundsmen work closely with the crane operators to ensure that tree-work is carried out efficiently and safely with minimal disturbance to the ground below. 

Examples of when a crane may be required: 

  • Tree thinning in forest areas- Tree-crane removals are often used as they are a safer and  more time-efficient method than climbing.

  • Inaccessible gardens or property- where perhaps walls block access, or buildings are too close together. Cranes allow whole trees, or sections of trees to be lifted out, over obstacles and buildings, to a safe zone, rather than 'dropped' to the ground. 

  • Dangerous or diseased trees- Trees that are too unsafe even for skilled climbers to access, should be removed using cranes, hoists and pulley systems to ensure the safety of all personnel on-site. 


You can rely on Heritage Tree Care Ltd. to strive to come up with the most cost-effective method of completing tree work. Aerial requirement decisions are made with the client on a tree-to-tree basis. Impacting factors that will be discussed with our clients include the topography of the site, and any potential necessity for road closures.


Lightning Protection Systems

Thousands of forest trees are struck and destroyed by lightning every year. When an unprotected tree is struck, lightening may travel down the stem for a distance and then leave the tree by 'jumping' to a more conductive neighbouring tree, structure, person or animal. This 'side-flash' can cause serious damage to structures, often starting fires or damaging electrical systems. Lightning usually exits an unprotected tree through the roots, creating 'step-voltage' which can be potentially deadly for persons or animals in the root-zone. 

Properly installed and maintained lightning protection systems in trees are effective in reducing the risk of damage to trees by lightning strikes. These systems protect trees by providing an alternate path to the ground. A copper conductor (of lower resistance) is used to take the lightning from the top air-terminal in the tree, down to the ground-terminal underground. 

Lightning is most likley to strike the tallest tree in a group, trees growing in the open, trees by large bodies of water, tall trees that line streets, or trees on hilltops. As such, trees that are good candidates for lightning protection include:

  1. Tree close to houses and other buildings

  2. Trees much taller than their neighbouring buildings

  3. Trees of historic interest

  4. Trees of high economic value 

  5. Trees located within recreational areas (parks, golf courses, congregational sites)


Heritage Tree Care Ltd. follow ANSI A300 (Part 4) 2002, Lightning Protection Systems & ISA's Best Management Practices, when installing lightning protection systems. 

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