We were asked by our client to take a look at a large Wellingtonia tree growing in their back garden containing large noteable sections of deadwood in the canopy In Portswood, Southamspton, Hampshire.    

Initially we provided free site visit, advice and a free quotation for works discussed during the visit. We followed up our visit with a writen quotation ensuring both DGS trees and the client had a written prescriptive description of the works.  

The client accepted the quote and we arrived on site to start work.

On arrival we spoke with the client and then unloaded the van with the equipment necessary to complete the works. Once everything was unloaded we completed a site specific risk assessment, extremley important task identifying the risk associated with all our activities, identifying suitable control measures and discussing as a group, finally all members sign the form to agree they understand the risks involved with this particular job and the control measures implimented. 

With safety and control measures implimented, we are ready to start work. The climber begins by putting on his climbing/safety equipment in order to safely access and climb the tree. Firstly using the ladder and then going higher up the trunk using a rope and harness.

The climber is wearing spikes in this picture, climbers shouldnt wear spikes on healthy trees as it can damage trees. However this paticular tree has extremley thick, fiborous bark and the spikes will not penetrate the main trunk. As the climber moves higher up the tree and the bark becomes thinner, spikes will no longer be used to aid the climber.  

The climber is making his way to the top of the tree to start work removing deadwood right at the top of the tree. On arrival at the very top, the climber starts remving deadwood, cutting a section at a time and throwing each section individually to the ground, the deadwood is thrown into the agreed drop zone in a safe and controled manner.

The first section removed from the top is rather larger on the ground than it appears from a distance!

Gradually the climber works from the top down removing deadwood and the pile on the ground continues to grow!

By the time the climber has finished removing deadwood, there is so much deadwood removed from the tree it's suprising! The client is amazed at the size of some dead pieces of wood removed from the tree. Some pieces had the potential to cause considerable damage or injury if they had snapped and fell!!

After the work is complete all that reamins is the important clean up operation, there is lots of deadwood and cones all over the garden floor, however we endevour to leave your garden as clean as possible.

Clean up complete the customer arrives and is very pleased with the works and his neat pile of deadwood cut into 12inch sections for his fire.

Most of all he is also amazed at the extent of deadwood that was up in the canopy of the tree not clearly visible from ground level.


Another professional service provided on time, on budget, providing competitive rates and to a very high standard.