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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



Improper pruning can permanently damage your trees. The ‘lopping', 'hacking' or 'topping’ of trees causes irreversible unsightly damage. It is worth employing a tree company that is fully qualified and understands the complex biological needs of your trees. 


Heritage Tree Care Ltd. only employ fully qualified arborists that are able to undertake safe pruning practices, that will not only benefit your trees health, but will optimise its structure and overall aesthetic beauty. 

If  you are unsure of what type of pruning  require, please read more about our services below.

Our pruning services include: • Formative & Structural Pruning • Crown Reduction • Crown Lifting

• Crown Thinning • Risk Management of Deadwood • Tree Thinning • Re-pollarding • Coppicing.


We'll work with you to ensure the tree pruning service chosen will achieve your desired outcome.


Tree pruning - Tree surgeon Cork

Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure to satisfy client requirements. Pruning is often desirable or necessary to maintain safety, improve tree structure and health, to reduce shading and/or wind resistance, to influence flower or fruit production, to improve a view  and/or make the tree look beautiful. 



Formative pruning is specifically the pruning of young treesgenerally from  5-10 years old. The technical pruning practice 'trains' the trees from their early stages of development, to promote their good structure, to influence the shape and/or size of the tree's crown, to improve their appearance and to encourage them to remain serviceable in the landscape for many more years to come. Problems that are relatively easy to address as the tree is forming, may be more difficult to manage later.  


Structural pruning practices remove a trees defects meaning they have less potential for failure when the tree reaches maturity, an ultimately will requite less maintenance as they age. These factors are particularly important if your tree is in close proximity to people of property. 

Crown Reduction


Do you want to reduce the size of your tree? Well this is best accomplished via crown reduction. Crown reduction reduces the height and/or spread of a tree. This may be required for utility line clearance, this may be required because the tree is blocking your view, this may be required because you are worried about the size of your tree and its proximity to your property. Needless to say, Heritage Tree Care Ltd. can help you reduce the size of your tree safely, whilst still maintaining its natural form. 

It is important to not reduce the crown too much! So many tree companies 'reduce by 50%' when the advised maximum is 25%. Removing large limbs, or  'lopping the tree back', to such a radical extent will kill your tree. It leaves large wounds, making the tree highly susceptible to pests and disease. If the tree does not die, then such radical hacking will only encourage the tree to produce huge regrowth in a bid to survive. This is particularly prevalent if the tree is mature. 

Our crown reduction process removes or shortens branches, back to their suitable growth points; whilst shaping the crown into an aesthetically pleasing form. The final results we achieve reduces the size of your tree, but still manages to retain a large proportion its main framework and leaf baring structure- ultimately ensuring its continued longevity. 

Crown Raising


Crown raising is a popular pruning request for public walkways, bus-stops,  construction sites, parklands and domestic gardens. It is essentially, the removal of lower branches to create space. Crown raising 'lifts' the tree canopy up by around 2.5m. This lift provides clearance for passing vehicles and pedestrians, aids lines of sight and also create a 'neat and tidy' tree silhouette.

Heritage Tree Care Ltd. avoid the excessive removal of lower limbs so as to not damage the taper of the trunk, ensuring structural stability is maintained. Please note, that trees can restrict access routes to fire escapes for commercial properties, and can cause damage to properties within their vicinity, is they are not regularly pruned.

risk management of deadwood

The risk-management of deadwood, also known as 'crown cleaning' is the selective removal of dead, diseased, broken or weakly attached branches from a tree crown. This 'deadwood'' often poses unacceptable risk to people or property. This process is the most common pruning technique for landscape trees, and  is carried out with focused regard to deadwood habitats. As with all other pruning practices, regular pruning should be carried out so that small problems can be corrected before they become large problems. 

Crown Thinning


Crown-thinning includes crown cleaning, as well as the selective removal of branches to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown. This is a popular pruning practice on domestic properties, as it lets more light into dwellings, whilst still retaining she shape and beauty of the tree. Often crown-thinning is carried out to reduce the 'sail' of the tree. Reducing the density of the tree canopy lets more air-flow through it, reducing the risk of the tree falling over, or unbalancing, if it is subject to strong winds and stormy weather.  Crown thinning reduces the mechanical stress on a tree, to make the tree more suited to its immediate environment. 


Heritage Tree Care Ltd. arborists are trained to carry out hundreds of small cuts in the crown to remove crossing interior branches, resulting in a tree with an even density of foliage, evenly-spaced branch structure and an overall attractive appearance. This process does not reduce the overall size of the tree. 

Tree Thinning

Tree thinning is a key woodland-management process that involves the removal of some trees in a forest environment, to make space. On average in Ireland, trees are planted at a stocking rate of 2,500 trees to the hectare. Within 10 years, this will reduce to 1,400 trees to the hectare as trees will die-off due to natural competition. To reduce this volume of die-back, trees should be selectively removed at various stages of life, to create more growing room. The weaker trees are removed allowing space for the stronger trees to grow. Thinned plantations have broader more robust trees, and also a larger biodiversity of surrounding  flora and fauna. 


Tree-thinning can alternatively be required to clear an access route, such as a cycle track, path, ride or glade. 

Pollarding trees 


Trees are often pollarded in urban environments to maintain a modest size and 'formal appearance'. Pollarding is the severe topping or 'heading' of a tree, followed by the cyclical pruning of trees back to a 'pollard point.' Reactive sprout-removal is an annual to bi-annual requirement and expensive to maintain. Once the tree has been pollarded, it needs to be re-pollarded for the rest of the tree's natural life.  Pollarding is an aggressive practice that we do not recommend. 

Coppicing Trees


Coppicing is a silviculture practice involving cutting and re-growth. Coppicing reduces a tree all the way down to a 'stool' near ground level. This encourages the regrowth of multiple stems, which can then be used for for commercial ventures; for example, in Ireland Alder is often coppiced for firewood and Hazel is often coppiced for the production of walking sticks. The production of charcoal also relies on this technique of woodland development. This ancient-woodland practice provides a rich variety of habitats and bio-diversity, but  is only suitable for certain species of tree. 

Our Process

If you require tree services and would like a quotation then please do not hesitate to contact us. We will carry out an initial visit, inspect the site, access routes and trees in question. We will then discuss possible options with you, and based on your desired end result, and continued tree health, we will propose a suitable strategy for tree management.


We will record what needs to be done and provide you with a comprehensive free quotation.

Once the work is agreed, we will schedule in a date that works best for you. We will liaise with you on the day to make sure that everything is completed to your satisfaction. 

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