What is a Tree Surgeon

Tree surgeons climb trees and chop off dead branches, right?


What if I told you that tree surgeons were the real unsung heroes of our community. We may not wear capes, but they’re out there, putting their lives on the line. Protecting the local community from harm whilst simultaneously futureproofing it for generations to come.

By the end of the article you’ll have a much better understanding of exactly what we do.

What is a tree surgeon?

A tree surgeon is a highly trained professional responsible for the planting, maintenance, well-being, aesthetics and felling of trees.

What does a tree surgeon do?

A tree surgeon must be multi-skilled, as they’re called out to all manner of situations:

  • Dead branches which could fall at any moment
  • Roots damaging driveways or pavements
  • Old, wobbly trees
  • Overgrown trees blocking sunlight from gardens
  • Tree stumps preventing building work

Before any chopping, pruning or treatment takes place, we complete a full risk assessment. The health of the tree, the surrounding environment and the public’s safety must all be taken into consideration.

In the dream scenario we protect all three, but that’s not always possible. Sometimes the tree must come down.

A qualified tree surgeon will check with the authorities if there’s a Tree Preservation Order in place. To cut down or damage a tree without permission can incur a fine of up to £20,000!

Once a decision’s made, it’s time to get to work. The specialised tools and equipment used by a tree surgeon put even Batman to shame – saws, chainsaws, chippers, shredders, loppers etc And that’s just for cutting. Then there’s the climbing equipment required to get up and down safely – harnasses, ropes, spikes etc.

So, in a nutshell, a tree surgeon is:

  • Highly skilled with dangerous and heavy machinery
  • Knowledgeable about local laws and regulations
  • An expert at performing risk assessments
  • A proficient climber
  • Knowledgeable about a vast array of flora and fauna

What else do tree surgeons do?

Was that not enough for you? You want more?

A tree surgeon’s job doesn’t start and end with chopping. As stated earlier, they’re involved in the full life cycle of the tree.

While not landscape gardeners, they know their craft. They can recommend the best trees to plant in certain spaces, taking into consideration space, soil and other external factors.

Hedges fall under their remit too. While it may seem like light relief, cutting privets after dealing with 40-ton oaks, they have the tools for the job and they know how to use them.

Another mainstay of the surgeon’s role is removing tree stumps. A tree stump may look like an innocent lump of wood, but they can be cause all sorts of problems. 

Tree stumps can be like icebergs – what you see above ground bears no resemblance to what’s below. A qualified tree surgeon will have to decide the optimum way to deal with it – grinding, chemicals or straight removal.



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If you'd like a tree pruning or removing call Leo on 0161 327 3011

Should I Hire a Tree Surgeon

Why You Should Hire A Professional Tree Surgeon

What do you see when you look out the window?

A) A lush paradise? An escape from the quarantine of your four walls where you can breathe in the joys of nature while breathing out the stress of life? A place to reconnect with the outdoors, lower your blood pressure and release some endorphins?

or B) An overgrown mess? Misery and chores you’ve been putting off since the last time you stopped to look outside? Distant memories of BBQs and sun-drenched laughter?

I’m guessing if you’re reading this then it’s likely to be option B.

You’re not alone!

A well-planned garden can be easy to maintain, if you have the time. Turn your back for a summer and it can quickly grow out of control.

Once it’s out of control, the paradise you created can turn into a jungle. Who wants to enjoy a frosty summer beverage in a wild, overgrown garden? Trees blotting out the sun, drainage issue on the lawn, flower beds consumed by weeds?

What can a tree surgeon assist with?

As one of Manchester’s most dedicated tree surgeons, our goal is to help local residents and businesses maintain beautiful, healthy trees and shrubs.

We offer:

  • Tree surgery
  • Tree removals
  • Tree pruning
  • Crown lifting
  • Crown reductions
  • Hedge trimming
  • Garden clearance
  • Site clearance

So you don’t just chop them down?

No, while that’s one of the services we provide, we do much more.

If you’ve got an overgrown tree it may not require felling. Reshaping is a common solution. This can make the tree safer, allow more light into your garden and make the tree more visually appealing.

An overgrown tree might not just be an eyesore. It could be dangerous and lower the value of your property. Professional tree maintenance can remove that danger.

Tree stump removals can be handled in multiple ways depending on the shape, size and location. We’ll discuss all this with you before taking action so you’re fully aware of what’s going on.

We also maintain and manage hedges, shrubs and bushes. If you need them chopping back and order restoring in your garden, give us a call.

What Makes a Good Tree Surgeon

When it comes to looking after your trees, you should only hire the best. A good tree surgeon has many qualities and these are the things you need to look out for:

    • You will want to find a tree surgeon with in-depth knowledge surrounding the different species of trees. Every tree is unique and has varying characteristics so it’s important they are cared for and managed appropriately.


  • A good tree surgeon should should have the necessary technical skills to carry out the job effectively. Tree work requires a high degree of technical competence so you should expect that a good tree surgeon has a great deal of experience and most importantly is qualified.

How do I know you’re reliable and trustworthy?

All of our tree surgeons are City and Guilds qualified and we hold full legal liability and professional indemnity insurance for added peace of mind.

We pride ourselves on offering a top-quality service at an affordable price, but don’t just take our word for it. We believe the testimonials and positive reviews from our previous clients speak to the high level and professional service we provide.

Can’t I just do it myself?

No. I mean, you could, but it’s extremely dangerous and could end in harm to yourself, the tree and any property in the vicinity.

It may look easy, but it’s definitely not.

When we come out to inspect the property we perform a full risk assessment. All things are taken into consideration:

  • The health of the tree
  • Any diseased or fragile branches
  • Tree preservation orders
  • Overhead cables
  • The machinery and equipment required to perform the job safely and efficiently
  • Weather conditions
  • Removal and disposal

If you attempt it yourself and end up damaging a neighbours property, you could be in for a very large bill.

Leave it to the experts. To arrange a free visit and quote, contact Leo on 0161 327 3011.

If you’re happy with the quote, we’ll book you in.

So, should you hire a tree surgeon?

If you want to reclaim your outdoor space and enjoy the summertime, I think you should.

We cover the whole of South and Greater Manchester as well as East Cheshire, so if you’re looking for a local tree surgeon with excellent rates, passionate about the job and who work to the highest health and safety standards (and are genuinely nice people), give us a call on 0161 327 3011.

Hornbeam reduction in Wythenshawe, Manchester

The brief: Hornbeam reduction

Our client loved this mature Hornbeam. However, in recent years it had become overgrown and dense.

Sadly, it was blocking out a lot of the light into his garden. Branches were threatening his guttering and there was little clearance under the tree. 

With that in mind, our brief was to: 

  • Lift the crown by 1.5mts
  • To reduce the crown by 1.5 to 2mts
  • To thin the tree by 15-20%.

When the client contacted us, he wasn’t sure whether there was a Tree Preservation Order on his tree.

Before scheduling in the work, we contacted the planning department at Manchester City Council to check.

Within 24 hours, Manchester City Council confirmed that no Tree Preservation Orders were present.

Reducing this hornbeam was a really fun job. It was a beautiful tree to climb with lots of lateral limbs. As a climber, we love jobs like this. 

Pruning jobs are the artistic side of tree surgery. We love trees, and we help owners and trees live happily side by side for years to come. 

Move the slider below to see the result of our Hornbeam reduction.

Before After Before shot of a mature Hornbeam in WythenshaweAfter shot of a reduction of a mature hornmbeam in Wythenshawe

If you’d like to find out whether you need permission to either remove or prune a tree on your property, get in touch with us today.

We can confirm if you live in a conservation area and assess whether there are any Tree Preservation Orders present.

We work closely with all the councils across Greater Manchester and can often find out in less than 24 hrs.

If planning is required we can apply for permission for you. Once the application is complete, permission is granted within 6 weeks.


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If you'd like a tree pruning or removing call Leo on 0161 327 3011

Lime Tree Removal – Withington, Manchester

At Woodfelder Tree Care our tree surgeons love a good challenge. On Mauldeth Road West in Withington we had a large Lime tree to remove. 3 telephone wires were running either side of the tree and there was a busy footpath to deal with.

No problem – plenty of cones, road signage and some quality rigging. 

Fortunately the sun was out and we had a great time lowering this large Lime tree to the ground. 

The client wanted to remove the tree because it was very close the front of the house. The tree had lots of deadwood and it was taking up all of the light in the front garden. 

The lime tree was growing out of the boundary hedge, so we removed the tree down to hedge height to ensure there wasn’t an unsightly hole left in the hedge. 

We also removed a dividing privet hedge as the client wanted to replace it with a new wooden fence. 

Before removing this tree we liaised with the Local Planning Authority to check that it wasn’t subject to a Tree Preservation Order. We do this for every tree we work on. 

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Need a tree removing or pruning? Call Leo on 07853 883411

Oak reduction in Bowdon, Trafford

The humble Oak tree holds a special place in English history and culture, and for us as tree surgeons, they are always a privilege to work on.

According to the Woodland Trust “the English Oak supports more life than any other native tree species; even it’s fallen leaves support biodiveristy”. 

This week we were fortunate enough to work on a beatiful Oak tree in Bowdon, Manchester. 

The brief was to reduce the canopy by approximately 1.5 to 2mts, and to thin it out to increase light to the garden. 

We also removed any dead wood and lifted a few lower branches that were creeping into the neigbour’s garden.

Drag the slider below to view the before and after shot.


Before After Bowdon Oak tree - Before shotBowdon Oak tree - After shot

If you’d like a quote for tree pruning, removals or hedge cutting, call Leo on 07853 883411

Birch reduction in Levenshulme, Manchester

At Woodfelder Tree Care we love a good reduction.  Recently, we were asked by our client Mark to reduce his Birch tree.

Over the last few years Mark’s tree had become leggy and overgrown. In the past Mark had looked after the tree himself, but it had now got a bit too much for him. We were more than happy to oblige. 

Here’s a before and after shot of the tree.


Mark’s brief was to bring it below the telephone line and to give it a good overall shape. 

Mark was really happy with the tree and we even got a nice blue sky for the final after shot.

If you’d like a quote for tree pruning, a removal or hedge cutting, get in touch with Leo on 07853 883411.

What areas do our tree surgeons cover?

Woodfelder Tree Care

Woodfelder Tree Care are based in Levenshulme, but don’t worry, we’re happy to travel around. Our tree surgeons cover Manchester and some areas of Cheshire. 

If you have a tree that needs some attention, a tree to be removed or a hedge that wants a little TLC, get in touch with Leo on 07853 883411. 

Below we’ve put together a list of some of the areas that we cover. Click on the link and you’ll find a Wiki link with some info about your area.

Did you know the first mention of Fallowfield is in a deed of 1317 as Fallafeld?

Or, that The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was formed in Didsbury in 1889? 

Branch clearance at Poplar Avenue

The overhanging branches of this self-seeded Ash were preventing the sale of this property.

All the branches hanging over the extension and lean-to were removed, and the wood was processed into firewood for the client.

The before and after shots show the difference a tree surgeon can make to your property. If you’d like to let more light into your garden, get in touch on 07853 883411.


Here’s why we only use Aspen Fuel

At Woodfelder Tree Care, everything we do is powered by petrol, blood, sweat and tears. Fortunately, the blood, sweat and tears are all carbon neutral. Petrol, on the other hand…

A lot of tree surgeons use regular petrol and add 2-Stroke oil. Sadly, this mixture contains harmful substances such as benzene, olefins and aromatics. 

Here’s a quick rundown of the impact of these environmental pollutants

  • Benzene:
    Benzene is a carcinogenic chemical linked with causing leukaemia. It is the substance in petrol and exhaust emissions which is most dangerous to health. Benzene accumulates in living organisms.
  • Aromatics:
    Aromatics can cause chronic nerve damage, fatigue and nausea. They contribute to ground-level ozone. Aromatics accumulate in living organisms.
  • Olefins:
    Olefins eact in the body and form substances that cause cancer. Olefins are highly reactive and contribute to high levels of ground-level ozone.
  • Ground-level ozone:
    Ground-level ozone is a very aggressive and toxic gas, which leads to reduced lung function, coughing, chest pain and difficulty breathing.

Aspen Alkylate Petrol contains virtually none of these harmful substances and is therefore up to 99% cleaner than regular petrol when comparing the level of hazardous hydrocarbons.

Using Aspen Fuel is better for the environment and for our staff. It costs a little more, but it’s totally worth it, to safeguard the environment and our team.

Aspen Fuel - Better for tree surgeons, better for the environment.