Our Services

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Hedging

We offer a comprehensive hedging service. Whether that be a reduction, removal or a quick trim up.

A well maintained hedge can be a fantastic asset! Providing privacy and security, they act as natural wall/barrier. Regular maintenance can ensure a hedge looks tidy and healthy.

Hedge planting: We are able to source, supply and plant a vast array of tree, hedge and shrub species. Using local nurseries with high quality specimens, whether you're looking for a native species, or something a little more unusual. If you would like some more information or guidance on what would be better suited for your needs, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

 

Hedge Trimming: Regular maintenance and trimming can ensure that your hedge remains healthy, and looks tidy. Hedge trimming will usually involve the removal of new growth from the previous seasons growth. If your hedge requires a more substantial reduction in size, please see our description on Hedge renovations. 

Hedge renovation: Hedges can very quickly become overgrown, filling up a border and becoming difficult to maintain. Renovation may also rejuvenate an old hedge that has been neglected. This process is usually done over a few seasons to limit the risk of the specimen catching a disease or dying.

Woodland Management

It's easy to think that left alone and untouched, our woodlands take care of themselves, but woodland management is essential for optimum health, growth and sustainability . A high percentage of Britain used to be covered by a thick canopy of trees, but virtually all woodland today owes it's lineage to centuries of management. 

There are many benefits to a woodland management programme, and here at Firwood we can design one to suit your needs. Here are a few of the environmental and economical benefits:

 

  • Sustainable timber production

  • Enhanced property value 

  •  Provide income from sporting interests 

  • They release oxygen and contribute to our sense of well-being

  • They screen buildings and eyesores

  • They provide shelter for livestock, buildings, land and people

  • They absorb dust, noise, pollution and the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide

  • They are landscape features providing a setting for recreation

  • Woodlands are an important wildlife habitat

We cover a wide range of woodland management services, including small scale forestry. Please see below some of the services we provide:

  • Tree felling

  • Tree inspections

  • Planning

  • Timber harvesting

  • Woodland thinning

  • Firewood production

  • Dangerous/ windblown trees

  • Estate management

Orchard Management

Officially, an orchard consists of at least five fruit trees grown together. These may range from apple, cherry, plum to pear, to name just a few. Orchards are commonly a feature of large to medium sized gardens, where they serve an aesthetic as well as a productive purpose.

Here at Firwood we have extensive experience in managing and maintaining small to large sized Orchards, whether your goal is to maximise your fruit crop. or to maintain for aesthetics, we can help. 

Wildlife habitat creation

Both dead and alive trees can make a fantastic home for all manner of wildlife, so it's always a shame to completely remove a tree unless absolutely necessary. If its safe to do so, upon removal of a tree or as an alternative to a removal, there are a few options to consider. 

 

Instead of cutting the tree to ground level, we can leave the lower portion of  the trunk, and then make certain cuts to make it appear that it suffered a natural break. By hollowing out a section of the remaining trunk, we can create bird boxes, as well as making cuts that will attract bats to roost.  As well as birds and bats, leaving a wildlife stem will also encourage lots of other animals and insects to make home and creates a valuable ecosystem with in your garden.

Tree Pruning

There are many reasons you may want you trees pruned. Whether that be to introduce more light into you house/garden, remove hazardous/dead limbs, provide clearance over a structure, or to reduce the overall size of your tree. Whatever your reason may be, we're here to offer our advice to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Safety Pruning: The removal of dead, dying, diseased and hazardous limbs present in your tree.

Crown Raising: The removal of selected lower limbs of the tree. To allow clearance for vehicles/people, to create room and light for infrastructure or to allow more light to the under story of your garden.

Crown Thinning: A selective pruning practice that involves the removal of certain limbs throughout the canopy of the tree. This is done to introduce more light in to the centre of the tree and to reduce wind sail. 

Crown Reduction: A crown reduction involves reducing the overall size of a trees crown, reducing branches and the overall tree to a desired size. 

Fruit Tree Pruning: The pruning of a fruit tree to promote the growth of a healthy crop. We recommend this be done on a annual basis.

Tree Removal

Here at Firwood tree services, we are experienced in removing trees in urban, rural and residential settings. Below listed are some of the techniques we use. 

Sectional Dismantle:

A sectional dismantle is the process of taking down medium to large sized trees, one piece at a time.

This involves using ropes and spikes to climb the tree, then if needed, the use of ropes to lower the branches to the ground.

This technique is ideal for trees that are dead, dangerous, storm damaged, overhanging buildings & property or sites which have difficult access.

Confined Space Removal:

In certain situations trees are in very close proximity to each other, to buildings, or to property which can present a challenging task to remove or dismantle them in a safe manner.

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Our highly skilled and qualified team are more than capable to operate in even the most confined spaces, where you may need work carried out. 

Hazard Tree Removal:

A hazardous tree is one with structural defects that cause failure of all or part of the tree. Such a tree could strike a target like a vehicle, building, or a place where people gather such as a park bench, picnic table, street, or backyard. There are many signs and symptoms of a hazardous tree, so please don't hesitate to contact us for a health inspection of your tree if you are in doubt.

Tree Felling:

Tree felling is the process of using a directional cut and a back cut to fell a tree to the ground. If you have a tree, or a group of trees that you want felling, and have the space to do so. We can  certainly cater for this.

Planning

If you live in a conservation area, or suspect that any of your trees have a TPO (Tree preservation order) protecting them, permission will have to be gained from your local council before any work can be carried out. This is to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity. This process usually takes around 6 - 8 weeks, and requires that a planning application be made to the planning department of your local council. 

 

The planning application can be a time consuming and technical process, requiring a fair bit of information. Fortunately, we can do this on your behalf. If you are unsure if you live in a conservation area, or if any of your trees are covered by preservation orders, then please don't hesitate to get in contact with us so we can assist you with any queries that you may have. 

Planting

We are able to source, supply and plant a vast array of tree, hedge and shrub species. Using local nurseries with high quality specimens, whether you're looking for a native species, or something a little more unusual. If you would like some more information or guidance, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

Free estimates

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Stump Removal

There are many options available when it comes to dealing with a stump once we have cut down a tree, depending on your budget and requirements. This can range from our cheapest option of cutting a tree down to ground level and leaving the stump, to more expensive options like stump grinding and stump/root system killing products. We can also leave high stumps if desired for wildlife or a garden feature, a high stump can support and attract a lot of wildlife action.

 

Stump Grinding:

We have the machinery to remove most stumps depending on access and the size of the stump, we can grind this to a depth that will allow you to utilise the area again. Please note that stump grinding will only remove the stump, and not the whole root system. Although after grinding the stump, the roots will eventually die off and rot away back into the soil.

EcoPlug:

EcoPlug is a cheaper alternative to stump grinding that we can use to kill and eliminate the regrowth of broad leaf trees. The benefit of using the Eco plug method is that it will kill the entire root system of the treated tree/stump, but only the root system. Neither people, animals or the environment will be exposed to this product.

Tree top cat rescue

Being pet owners, we understand how much your cat may mean to you, and we also understand how much cats love to climb! Unfortunately cats seem to be brilliant at climbing up trees, but more often than not, they're not so confident when it comes to climbing back down. They can become scared, frightened and stranded, in need of help or rescue. 

Here at Firwood we are highly trained to access and safely climb trees, so if your cat gets stuck and needs rescue, we can help.

01525 591003

Brogborough, Bedford MK43 0YD, UK

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