Stockport Tree Surgeon

Crown Lifting

Find out about out crown lifting tree services


We prepare our team to handle the job, environment and the weather conditions they will be facing. Our workspace, gear and equipment are then prepared for action.


We then execute our plan using our skilled climbers and well thought out strategy. After the job is done, we remove all traces of mess.

Quality Control

Our tools and equipment are checked for defaults. Then a final site sweep to make sure everything is in place and nothing is damaged.

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What is Crown Lifting?

Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches and is an effective method of increasing light transmission to areas closer to the tree or to enable access under the crown.

Crown lifting should be specified with reference to a fixed point, for example, “crown lift to give 5m clearance above ground level”.

It would be good practice to avoid removing substantial branches growing directly from the trunk. This can cause large wounds on the trunk which may become extensively decayed as they struggle to seal over effectively due to their size. This will lead to long term problems of decay in the trunk of the tree or short term bio-mechanical instability.

Crown lifting on older, mature trees should be restricted to secondary branches or shortening of primary branches rather than their whole removal wherever possible.

If done correctly by an experienced tree surgeon, crown lifting can really help to open up the area around the tree.

Whenever we are undertaking a full Tree Reduction we will usually include some crown lifting as part of the tree pruning because it is such an effective method of increasing the transmission of light and a feeling of space in the garden.

The Before and After images below, show how effective crown lifting can be. This was a beech tree one of our tree surgery teams pruned last summer for a client in Altrincham, Cheshire.

Before Crown Lift
Before Crown Lift
AFTER Crown Lift
After crown lift

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Common Crown Lifting Misconceptions

Stockport Tree Surgeons

  • Is Crown lifting difficult?
    With the correct training and experience, crown lifting tree surgery is relatively quick and easy to do.
  • What is crown lift tree surgery good for?
    Increasing the level of light getting in and around the base of the tree, which is great for allowing more late afternoon/evening sun through.

Crown Lifting Advice

Crown lifting is quick and relatively easy to do, however, lack of training and knowledge can result in damage to the tree. When performed correctly, crown lift tree surgery can be good for a number of different things and can be easily maintained.

We’ve picked out a few points of advice for you to take into consideration. However, if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Lack of experience and training can lead to serious damage to your tree and can also leave you with an unsightly, out of place tree.

Tree Collar

Pruning too close to the tree collar can lead to potential decay which can spread to the tree trunk causing further damage.

Tree appearance

Branches should be carefully selected to ensure your tree is left looking natural and healthy – as opposed to over pruned and unnatural.

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