Crown Thinning in Bristol


What is crown thinning?

Crown thinning is the removal of a portion of smaller branches, usually at the outer crown, to produce a uniform density of foliage around an evenly spaced branch structure. It is usually confined to broad-leaved tree species.

It is important that foliage is removed systematically throughout the tree during this process to ensure there are no adverse effects on the tree. A skilled team of arborists will do this and also work to ensure that crown thinning doesn’t alter the overall size or shape of the tree.

How do I know when a tree needs its crown thinned?

Crown thinning is when an experienced tree surgeon carefully removes branches and foliage from a tree’s canopy to improve the overall health of the tree. If you’re unsure whether your tree is in need of this, there are a number of tell tale signs you can look for.

Dense canopy

A dense canopy will restrict the amount of sunlight reaching the inner branches of a tree. This will have a negative impact on the growth and overall health of the tree.

Crossing or rubbing branches

If you’re inspecting a tree yourself, then you can look for crossing or rubbing branches. While you would expect to see some of this occurring – especially on a larger tree – the damage from this activity can cause damage, giving pests and diseases the opportunity to attack the tree.

Overcrowded growth

When branches in the crown grow too close together, the overcrowding can lead to poor air circulation around the tree, which can also lead to diseases or infections.

Why should I hire your team to help with crown thinning?

Here at Bristol Tree Services we’ve been working with domestic and commercial clients across the city for the best part of a decade. Our arborists hold all of the relevant accreditations and we have lots of five-star reviews from happy clients.

To discuss crown thinning with an experienced and friendly member of our team, hit either of the buttons below and we’ll get in touch.

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Our other Tree Surgery Services

We offer a variety of tree surgery services and we don’t consider any job too small. Our team of tree surgeons recycle 100% of our waste as either fire logs or wood chip for bio fuel.

Tree Bracing

Our Bristol arborists are qualified to fit and maintain rigid and flexible tree bracing.

Crown Lifting

Our team remove the lowest branches or prepare lower branches for future removal.

Emergency Tree Works

Our trained tree surgeons are available 24 hours, 365 days a year for emergency tree work.


Our Bristol arborists provide tree services to large organisations across the whole UK.

Tree Reductions

The Bristol Tree Services team reduce the height and/or spread of the crown of a tree.

Hedge Trimming

In addition to trees our team of experts also trim, reduce and remove hedges for clients.

Tree Removal

Sometimes due to condition, size or location of a tree; removal is the only option left.

Stump Grinding

When a trained arborist removes the stump of a tree when it is below ground level.


Speak with one of our Bristol Tree Surgeons 

01173 320 078
07985 285 157

Please contact Bristol Tree Services today for a free, no-obligation quote. If you’re a commercial contractor and wish to see our fixed priced services then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Every tree surgeon in our Bristol team is not only vastly experienced, but also friendly and happy to help with any tree surgery query you may have.

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Qualified and professional Arborists based in Bristol

Here at Bristol Tree Services all of our tree surgeons are extremely professional and hold the correct accreditations. Health and safety is a top priority for all of our arborists and you can always expect a safe and efficient service from us.

All works are carried out to BS3998, using AFAG guidelines. We are also registered waste carriers and try to recycle 100% of our waste as either fire logs or wood chip for Bio Fuel.

We are Bristol’s local Tree Surgeon, offering a variety of tree surgery services to domestic and commercial customers in Bristol and the surrounding areas.