Sorbus aucuparia, also known as the Mountain Ash or Rowan Tree, is a much-loved tree species found all over the British Isles. Long thought to provide protection against witches, it is now valued for its berries which are both food for birds and for a bitter preserve perfect with cold meat and pâtés. The lacy flowers provide pollen and nectar for bees and other insects, while the berries are a rich source of autumn sustenance for blackbirds, mistle thrushes, redstarts, redwings, song thrushes, fieldfares and waxwings.

It grows to a maximum of fifteen metres in height making it ideal for more substantial London gardens, such as those in the outskirts of the city such as Wimbledon or Kingston. For the smaller garden, such as those in the inner city of London like Clapham and Chelsea a rowan tree, while tall has a fairly light and airy canopy which will not cause dense shade and may be a valuable feature in the garden. Your tree surgery team will be happy to advise you on the siting and planting of this or any other tree and of course will provide ongoing maintenance as necessary.

If you have trees in your London garden and have any concerns about it or if you would like to have one or more expertly planted, Take A Bough Tree Care would be delighted to offer free, expert advice on any aspect of tree care and work in the following areas – the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Merton and Kingston as well as the towns of Battersea, Clapham, Chelsea, Balham, Fulham, Putney, Earlsfield, Southfields, Wimbledon, Kingston, Stockwell, Roehampton and Streatham and. Elmbridge Borough which includes EsherClaygate and Surbiton.

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Toby Douglas is the founder of Take A Bough Tree Care. After university in Aberystwyth, Toby made the decision to study Arboriculture at Merrist Wood, in Surrey. In 2001 he successfully completed a National Certificate in Horticulture, and a National Diploma in Arboriculture, then worked for two years subcontracting to large and respected companies in order to gain the practical experience to compete successfully for both private and corporate contacts once Take a Bough Tree Care was launched

"Toby and Take A Bough Tree Care were exactly what I was looking for, providing me an efficient, professional and friendly service"

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