In London, and other urban areas, trees provide essential services, cooling the air, reducing pollution, preventing flooding and softening the hard geometry of urban structures. Trees in parks and playgrounds provide shade and quiet, with restful spaces for people to relax in. London actually has more trees than people. 33% of it is green public space, with an additional 13% of private space given over to gardens and allotments.  The more densely populated the area the more important it is for the trees to be maintained to the highest professional standards.

The challenges for urban trees

Healthy trees grow larger every year and sometimes, according to the species, will become very tall and very wide with dense foliage. However, unless there is plenty of free space for them to occupy trees can dominate landscape features, causing considerable concern for safety and causing various nuisance issues for owner and neighbour alike.

Common problems with urban trees

Common problems encountered by tree surgeons in London are that large trees cause too much shading in gardens and windows, and they can block satellite and aerial signals. Subsidence can be caused by tree roots invading the foundations of buildings, large branches overhanging roofs could fall, and guttering can be blocked by fallen leaves. On occasion trees can obstruct free access into and out of an area. This list is not exclusive but outlines common problems associated with growing trees.

How urban tree services can help

The good news is that trees can be controlled and these problems reduced by a regular routine of expert management by skilled tree surgeons using crown reductions, crown thinning and general pruning techniques. More drastically and sometimes appropriately, complete removal of a tree is the best or only real option.

Get urban tree care for South West London

Take A Bough Tree Care will always be delighted to offer free, expert advice on any aspect of urban 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 BatterseaClapham, Chelsea, BalhamFulham, Putney, Earlsfield, Southfields, Wimbledon, Kingston, Stockwell, Roehampton and Streatham and. Elmbridge Borough which includes EsherClaygate and Surbiton.

Written by

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 was by far the most personable chap we had round to quote on our tree fell, as well as being the most competitive. More then happy to recommend to anybody – top job."

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