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Top Tree Services Ltd offer a range of tree services in Bristol.

All of our tree services are carried out in line with British Standards BS3998:2010 by NPTC qualified Arborists

Tree Pruning Operations

There are several different types of tree pruning operations. A qualified Tree Surgeon from Top Tree Services Ltd will discuss the best options for your trees. Here are some explanations for the most common types of pruning.

Crown Reduction

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Crown reduction is the reducing of the overall size of the crown of the tree by shortening the branches by cutting them back to suitable growth points. Crown reduction is usually carried out where a tree has outgrown the space it stands in. When carrying out a crown reduction branches are cut back to maintain a suitable shape and structure reflecting the natural shape of the tree.

Crown Lifting

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Crown lifting involves removing the lower branches in the crown of the tree. This is often done to provide clearance, over paths or roads for example, or sometimes to allow more light to pass beneath the crown.

Crown Thinning

Before tree work imageCrown thinning ExampleCrown thinning involves the selective removal of branches throughout the crown, such that the overall shape of the crown is not significantly changed. Crown thinning allows more light penetration and air circulation throughout the crown. It is important to work throughout the crown, including its outer edges, focusing on removing small diameter branches. Removing too many branches from the centre of the crown can result in a tree with poor structure.


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Pollarding is a maintenance regime to prune trees to a predetermined height. All the branches are removed back to a framework of secondary branches off the main stem. Regrowth since the last pollard is then removed back to the 'knuckles' at regular intervals.

pollarding trees bristol


Crown Reduction ExampleDeadwooding is the removal of all dead and damaged branches out of the crown of the tree. This is carried out for safety reasons and also to enhance the overall appearance of the tree making it neat and tidy.

Tree Removal - Dismantling

dismantling tree bristolDismantling is a method of tree removal when felling from the ground cannot be done. The tree will be climbed and taken down in small sections, or ropes will be used to lower sections of the tree to the ground to avoid damage to the surrounding area or buildings.

Dismantling is a common method of tree removal, it may be necessary to dismantle even the smallest of trees, depending on whether felling the tree in one go is appropriate and safe.

Tree Removal - Felling

felling a tree bristolFelling is the process of downing individual trees to ground level. This is completed if the tree is a problem tree or if the tree has died. This can only be done safely if there is adequate space to fell the tree over without causing damage to anything in the surrounding area.

Hedge Trimming

hedgecutting bristolHedge trimming is a maintenance service performed to define, resize or reshape a hedge to improve its appearance.

Tree Planting

tree plantingWhen tree planting is required, expert advice is offered to ensure the correct size, location and variety of tree is selected for your environment.

We can plant trees on a large scale or you may wish to replant a single tree, following removal, or simply desire a new addition to your garden.

Planning Applications

planning application image, site sketchWhere tree work is subject to a tree preservation order (TPO) and/or whereby proposed works to trees are in a conservation area and notification is required. Top Tree Services will apply for planning permission in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, at no extra cost for our customers.


firewood for sale in BristolWe sell locally sourced seasoned and split logs for firewood in the Bristol area. 

Firewood is £65 per dumpy/builders bag and Bristol delivery is usually included (depending on distance).

£6 extra if you would like to retain the bag.

Contact us to find out more about our firewood and availability.

Emergency Works

storm damaged wind blown tree bristolWind blown, storm damaged trees can be very dangerous and must be removed safely, especially following severe weather. 


Site Clearance

Site clearance Bristol Before & AfterWe can clear trees and other vegetation for site surveys or developments. This could be on a large scale, for commercial companies or simply where domestic gardens have got out of hand.

Stump Grinding

Stumpgrinding BristolStumpgrinding is the removal of tree stumps from the ground.

We can do this for various sized tree stumps.

A rotating cutting disk is used to chip away at the timber.



woodchipTop Tree Services provide woodchip in and around the Bristol area.

Call us to discuss your requirements.

Thank you for taking the time to read about the Tree Services we provide in Bristol and surrounding areas.