Jurassic Tree Services can help your Tree SOS by providing pollarding & pruning as well as a general tidy up of most trees and some shrubs that flower on previous or current year’s growth. This is especially needed in late winter or early spring. We are happy to remove dead, diseased and crossing branches, including those growing in the wrong direction, in order to maintain a healthy framework and good shape to your trees and garden.
Pollarding is a tree pruning technique where we cut off the top and branches (of a tree) to encourage new growth at the top. It develops a framework of bare scaffold branches with each branch or knobbly bit then protruding outwards. Every spring numerous straight, long and leafy sprouts emerge from these knobs to produce a dense, shady canopy.
Where does it come from?
Pollarding began in Europe in the Middle Ages. Early agricultural man used to pollard elms to produce fodder to feed livestock through winter when other grazing became scarce. They also used pollarding for kindling for fireplaces. In England, hazels are frequently coppiced and the branches can be cut at different ages – 5, 10, 15-years and used for different purposes – in buildings, to create poles and for fencing, depending upon thickness and age. Coppicing is the process used when a plant has been cut back close to ground level and results in the production of young, vigorous stems. If that process takes place further up the trunk, then it’s called pollarding.
These days pollarding is used to manage the size of a tree that has grown too large for its space; it can also be used to create a lovely formal look in your landscape. San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is a marvellous illustration of pollarding.