Brrrrr. Thank Goodness Winter is over.

Obviously it’s a necessary part of the cycle of life in our temperate corner of the world, but let’s be honest – it’s not much fun. But, like hibernating mammals, our woody friends are awakening from their slumber and life is about to burst forth from buds that have been brooding for the light intensity to increase.

An innate intelligence at work will soon trigger leaf and bloom, and vivacity and colour will reign once more!

Hello Spring!


Spring Into Action

Although autumn and winter is the best time to prune trees, we know that work must go on, and any removals required can be done any time, provided there are no nesting birds in the tree.

Now is an excellent time of year to get your quote done, particularly if you have to apply for council permission, as the process can take 6-8 weeks. We may be able to expedite the process due to our excellent relationship with borough councils in Surrey and the wider area.

So call us today, and an expert arborist will be able to advise you on what can be done.

Tree Hee Hee

What was Robert Burns’ favourite plant? – Poet-tree

What is Russia’s national tree?– Dimitree

Why don’t you ever see hippos hiding in trees? – Because they are really good at it.

What do Tree Surgeons/Arborists Do?

A lot of people are unaware that there are this strange breed of ape, who haven’t quite been able to give up their simian roots, and still love to climb trees. Well, they exist, and they’re called Tree Surgeons and Arborists.

Tree Surgery refers to the operations carried out upon trees, for maintenance, aesthetics, utilitarian, conservation or, of course, safety purposes. When you think about it, the chainsaw is our scalpel and we are in the business of amputating limbs!

Arborist, comes from the french word arbre meaning tree, and Arboriculture is the study of trees – distinct from silviculture which is the study of woods or forests. A Tree surgeon is not always an arborist, and an arborist not always a tree surgeon, but here at Furlonger Tree Services we are both students of arboriculture and qualified operators.

Below is a description of three arboricultural operations that Surrey-based Tree Surgeons, Furlonger Tree Services can carry out.

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Controlled Felling:

Felling is the complete removal of the tree and can be done in two ways: straight felling or sectional dismantling. A good tree surgeon will recommend a straight fell where possible, in accordance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005. These regulations state that any work at height should be avoided if possible.

So where there is room, our fully qualified staff will use a variety of felling cuts to bring the tree down in a given area. We can then get rid of the debris as part of our tree removal service.

Sectional Dismantling

Our skilled climbers will ascend the tree using ropes and harnesses, and take the tree down piece by piece, to remove the tree branch by branch, log by log.

Where necessary, rigging equipment and advanced rigging techniques may be employed to avoid any damage to property. This is a highly skilled process and should not be undertaken by unqualified contractors.

Furlonger Tree Services staff are fully qualified, insured and experienced in such operations.

Branch and Limb Removal

People often ask us to remove specific branches, without wanting a complete crown reduction, crown lift or crown thin. The aim of this is to remove branches that grow out of proportion, or in unwanted direction, which could potentially cause damage to property, service wires, footpaths or roads.

As tree owners, you have a responsibility for people’s safety. So, if your trees overhang a public area or a neighbour’s garden, you may be liable for any damage to property or personal injuries that may occur as a result of a lack of tree management.

It may be that a neighbour’s tree is growing over into your land from an adjacent property. In cases like this, you are within your rights to have it trimmed back to the fence line, providing there are no Tree Preservation Orders on the tree in question, or you are in a Conservation Area.

Team News

We’ve had a bit of a change over here at Furlonger Tree Services, with both Matt and Chris taking sabbaticals in Southeast Asia (Matt to Malaysia and Chris to Vietnam) conveniently escaping the winter gloom!

However, it’s good news for our customers as the boss is back on the tools – doing what he does best and making sure your project runs smoothly!

Watch out for the next newsletter for a royal good time, as we talk crown reductions, crown thins and crown lifting!