D.Parr Tree Surgeons , established in 1981, we are a local company of which dates back over the past three generations, from the days of the Axe & Cross Cut and climbing with the bare hands, to the skill of the latest technology and we’re pleased to still offer the full range of tree surgery services listed below.
With our high standards of customer service, and a depth of knowledge that helps us stand out from most contractors, we have a high proportion of regular and returning customers.
We limit our work to the South East Kent, of which we offer a free quotation service in this area. Our prices are competitive amongst other high quality operators, but in an industry where quality varies greatly, we don’t try to be the cheapest. We do however always strive to be the best.
All our employees have the necessary qualifications and experience, and we are strict in our compliance with current Health and Safety legislation and guidelines.
We are fully insured through Camberford Law - please feel free to request viewing of our insurance documents.
It may be that your trees are subject to tree preservation orders (TPOs), conservation area status or planning restrictions. We are happy to carry out applications for work on such trees.
No job is too big or small. We prune trees and hedges, fit all types of fences, fell dangerous trees and cover everything in between. All waste is disposed of properly and we recycle whenever possible.
All D.Parr Tree Surgeons work conforms to BS3998 Standard
There are many different forms of tree pruning, each appropriate to different situations. The most common are described below. We are happy to advise you on what is most suitable for you and your tree. The term ‘crown’ is often used when describing tree pruning techniques – it refers to the tree’s leaf and branch area but not the trunk/stem.
To reduce the overall volume and visible size of a tree's crown, while maintaining the natural balance and shape – ensuring that it still looks like a tree. It may be that you would like to keep your tree but you need more light in your garden, or you feel uncomfortable with the tree's size given its proximity to your property. Sometimes a tree with a potentially hazardous decay or cavity may be spared removal by reducing its crown volume, and thus greatly reducing its susceptibility to high winds.
To remove the lowest branches of a tree, providing increased clearance below. Often carried out on roadside trees as there are statutory height clearance requirements that local councils/highway authorities can enforce. Can also be an effective and affordable way of increasing the light below garden trees.
This process leaves the overall size of the tree as it is, but removes selected branches within the crown. The branches that are removed are often those that are dead, rubbing, split or defective in some other way. Combined with increased airflow within the canopy this is a good way to maintain the health of your tree, while also increasing the light passing through to the ground below. Crown thinning reduces the ‘cluttered’ appearance of an overly thick canopy.
Branch Removal (deadwood or other)
Trees naturally produce deadwood as branches die and decay. Indeed in an area of untravelled woodland this provides excellent wildlife habitat. Unfortunately, the deadwood branches of certain species have a tendency to fall out of trees, and above heavily used public areas, roads or gardens this can be a hazard. Having a tree cleaned of deadwood can reduce the hazard to people and property below.
Individual selected live branches can also be removed if they have grown in an overly extended or weakened manner, or if they cause other problems such as light obstruction or rubbing on properties.
A traditional method of tree management, the term 'pollarding' is often mis-used to describe poor tree pruning. Where it is appropriate, pollarding involves pruning the tree quite dramatically, often to only a few meters high, from which shoots re-grow with surprising vigor. It can be an effective way to greatly reduce the size of a tree while also leaving it in an easily maintained condition (when done on a regular basis). While it is not appropriate for all species, it can increase the health and longevity of other species – indeed, some of our best known ancient trees are old pollards. We can advise on whether pollarding is an appropriate course of action for your tree.
Tree removal (dismantling and felling)
Why might you want a tree removing?
Often trees are removed because they have simply outgrown their situation. They may have become alarmingly large for their proximity to your house, they may be interfering with your property, or they may simply have grown to block off so much light that they spoil your enjoyment of your home and garden.
We are fully competent, skilled and equipped to remove your tree using whichever method is most appropriate. Our extensive tree surgery experience and training means we are very happy to provide our services handling all removals including big difficult trees, and ensuring the safe completion of what is potentially very dangerous work.
Dismantling / Sectional Felling
Most likely your tree will require dismantling in manageable pieces, enabling us to avoid obstacles and minimize disturbance. Wherever necessary we use the latest rope rigging techniques to cut and lower each branch safely to the ground. This is complex and technical work for the tree surgeon, and you can rest assured that we have been trained in the latest and safest techniques available.
Normally we are working in restricted situations and avoiding obstacles such as buildings, which make straightforward felling an unsuitable technique. However, where space allows and it is appropriate, felling is a very skilled task requiring the precision and experience that we bring to all our work.