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Tree Surgery - Tree Removal

“Why are you taking the tree down?” This question is often asked by onlookers and curious members of the public as we carry out the removal of a tree . Unfortunately it is extremely rare that you can fell a tree in its entirety and call out “timber”.

More often than not a tree has to be dismantled or section felled due to the constraints around it such as property, buildings, green houses, landscaped areas beneath. Tree material can be extremely heavy and cause considerable damage if just dropped out of the tree. Using current arboricutural techniques and the latest lowering and rigging devices material is lowered to the ground with care and safety in mind.

In an urban environment we coexist with trees, however it is sometimes necessary to remove a tree. This can be for a variety of reasons which you will find below.

Dead, dying or diseased trees:

It is not always obvious to the untrained eye but trees do show signs of decline that are usually identifiable by an experienced tree surgeon. When a tree becomes infected or is beginning to decline it will often have dead wood within the canopy. If not dealt with this material or dead wood can become a serious hazard to the public and cause damage to property if it were to be dislodged by weather or break away naturally from the tree without any warning.

Dead wood is not always an indication that a tree is in decline and is also a natural phenomenon. Dead wooding is also common practice and comes with in the umbrella of pruning and routine maintenance. As experienced tree care professionals we can identify weather the dead wood present in your tree is naturally occurring or due to the trees decline

Once a problem has been identified, and the only course of action is for the tree to be felled an assessment is made and a method formulated for its safe removal. The earlier decline is discovered the easier it is to remove the tree in a safe controlled manner.

Dead trees are extremely hazardous to remove and pose a huge risk to the climber and the ground crew due to the unpredictability and its remaining structural stability. In these instances safety dictates that mechanical intervention is necessary and a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP or Cherry Picker) is used because the tree is far too unsafe to climb.

Sometimes a disease will sweep across the county attacking a particular species of trees, like Dutch elm disease in the 1970’s. More recently we have a disease that has impacted the Horse Chestnut tree (Phytophthora) and once again we are seeing a beautiful species of tree go into an irreversible decline. Sadly the Horse Chestnut population is still being effected by devastating parasitic fungi.

The latest victim is the Ash tree population which is being affected by Ash Die back fungus Chalara fraxinea which causes leaf loss and crown dieback and can lead to tree death. So far this aggressive fungus has wiped out 90% of ash trees in Denmark and is widespread throughout central Europe. It was first confirmed as being present in the UK in March 2012 and has the potential to wipe out the UK’s ash tree population, which accounts for 20 percent of all trees in the UK.

Trees and Construction. Development of a site:

When an urban site is to be developed there may be trees that will ultimately effect the proposed construction work. The planning proposals can be approved for removal by an arboricultural contractor or tree surgeon. Some of the trees selected for felling may need to be removed before construction work commences, we call this a site clearance.

Damage to buildings and property:

It is not uncommon we are called to property to find a large tree situated very close to the building. Misadvice on the species and a suitable place to locate the tree leads them to this point. Trees can cause considerable damage to buildings and their foundations and usually only becomes apparent after years or decades of growth by which time costly damage has already taken place.

In these circumstances dismantling and removing the tree is usually the only option. We have an established track record for dismantling trees in confined spaces in a safe and controlled manner.


  • Domestic Tree Removal
  • Highway Tree Removal
  • Schools Tree Removal
  • Garden Tree Removal
  • Landscaping
  • Tree Removal Preparation
  • Tree Disposal
  • Remove and Chip
  • Tree Removal for Council
  • Emergency Removal


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Established now for 10 years, we are a team of friendly, reliable, and above all, professional, Manchester based tree surgeons or arborists. Not only are highly trained and experienced, we pride ourselves on our knowledge of the field of arboriculture and tree surgery.

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Sunnybank Forestry is a tree care specialist company based in Urmston, Manchester. We are of course ideally placed for local work in Urmston, Stretford, Trafford, Sale, Chorlton, Didsbury, Whalley Range, Whithington. However we do cover all areas within Lancashire and Cheshire and are used by both commercial and domestic clients.

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