Tree Surgeons In Croydon

South London Tree Surgery provides insured and qualified tree surgeons in Croydon and across South London.

Our experienced arborists serve commercial and domestic clients, delivering premium tree services, including tree felling, removal, pruning, planting and stump grinding.

We have £10 million Public & Employers Liability Insurance cover for total peace of mind.

We’re also Alcumus SafeContractor, CHAS and QMS ISO9001 & ISO14001 accredited.

For a free consultation, site visit and quotation with a professional tree surgeon in Croydon, Contact South London Tree Surgery today.

Please read below to learn more about our most in-demand tree services.

Tree Surgery In Croydon

We offer extensive tree surgery services in Croydon and the surrounding areas. If your task is tree-related, we’re sure we can help.

Our Croydon tree surgeons are incredibly knowledgeable and can advise you on the best solutions to achieve your project goals.

All our tree care services are available on an ad hoc or contractual basis.

Tree Felling In Croydon

Safe tree felling requires the correct equipment, training and experience. We have the latest tools and equipment operated and utilised by experienced and NPTC-Qualified professionals.

There are two ways to fell a tree.

Straight Tree Felling

If deemed appropriate and space allows, a qualified tree surgeon will fell the tree as a whole. We use precise felling cuts made at the tree’s base and direct its travel using wedges, ropes, pulleys or winches.

Due to the amount of space required, Straight tree felling is often used for smaller trees or forestry operations.

Sectional Tree Felling

Croydon is a generally built-up area, so we commonly use section tree felling/dismantling. Sectional tree felling involves removing parts of the tree in manageable sections to prevent damaging nearby property or structures. Our skilled tree surgeons will carefully assess the tree and its location to select the most appropriate way to dismantle it safely.

Below are some possible ways to dismantle a tree in an awkward location:

  • Climb the tree using ropes and a harness
  • Access the tree by using a MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platform)/Cherry Picker
  • Use controlled cutting, free fall and rigging techniques to direct the branches/stem down to the ground.
  • Use a crane or grapple saw to lift sections up and away from damaging property, structures, etc.

Contact Us for a free consultation or arrange a no-obligation tree felling quotation from certified and fully insured professionals.

Tree Removal In Croydon

Following a tree felling, most clients want it removed from their property and disposed of responsibly.

Depending on location, we have various tree removal methods, but most commonly, we’ll process the branches using a wood chipper and then extract the timber.

If space and ground conditions allow, we extract the timber using machinery but can also remove it by hand if required.

As keen conservationists, all waste is repurposed or sent to power stations as biomass.

Tree removal is available as a standalone service, or we can package it with our professional tree felling services. Contact us for more information or to arrange a free quotation.

Tree Pruning In Croydon

Pruning is one of our most popular tree care services, as we can use different pruning techniques to achieve various goals.

Different types of pruning services:

Formative Pruning

Formative pruning involves selectively shortening or removing branches to minimise the likelihood of future defects.

*Potential defects may include crossed/acutely angled branches and co-dominant stems.

Crown reductions

Crown reductions reduce the overall size of the trees’ crown by a certain percentage (usually 20%).

Crown lifting

Crown lifting increases the space from the ground to the tree’s lowest branches.

Crown thinning

Crown thinning reduces the density of the crown and lowers weight and wind resistance.

Crown cleaning/dead wooding

Crown cleaning involves removing deadwood, crossed branches and epicormic growth.

Regular tree pruning is a great way to improve your trees’ overall health and look while reclaiming vital outdoor space.

Bad Tree Pruning Practices


Lopping and topping remove all limbs and foliage to achieve a certain height or view. The lack of growth points for regeneration and leaves for photosynthesis will often result in the tree suffering dieback or completely dying.

For a free pruning consultation and tree trimming quotation, Contact us today.

Tree Stump Removal In Croydon

You may need a tree stump removed for many reasons, but the most common is it’s obstructing access or an upcoming project. Stumps can also be a trip hazard and an eyesore when decomposing.

The quickest, most effective way to remove a stump is by using specialised machinery. Stump grinders use cutting teeth on a flywheel to cut the stump into small fragments (grindings), which fill the hole the stump previously filled. The grindings will initially mound over ground level but break down and level off over time.

Stump grinders may be the most efficient way to remove stumps, but they can be dangerous and destructive if incorrectly operated. South London Tree Surgerys’ experienced operators are well-trained, qualified and fully insured for all stump removal services in Croydon and the surrounding local areas.

For a free consultation regarding a stump removal project or to arrange a no-obligation stump grinding quotation, Contact us today.

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Tree Pollarding In Croydon

Technically speaking, tree pollarding is an extreme form of pruning, but you must only pollard suitable trees. Pollarding involves removing the upper branches, leaving just a few main limbs and a stem.

Pollarding trees has been around since medieval times, and some of the benefits include:

  • Reduces the shade cast by the canopy
  • Prevents branches interfering with surroundings
  • Increases accessibility and visibility around the tree
  • Lowers risk of limbs and dead branches causing damage
  • A method of creating a sustainable wood source
  • Extends the life of the tree

Only certain tree species and younger trees react well to pollarding. Pollard the wrong tree, and it may become unstable, diseased or die entirely.

Broadleaf trees, such as London plane trees, limes and horse chestnuts, are great candidates for pollarding, whereas evergreens like conifers are not.

Once you pollard a tree, it is essential to re-pollard it regularly to avoid safety issues. The unions from limb re-growth can be unstable and lead to catastrophic failure. We recommend re-pollarding your tree at least every three to five years.

Our professional arborists will assess your trees and advise if they are suitable for pollarding. Contact us today for a free consultation with a qualified Croydon tree surgeon.

Hedge Trimming In Croydon

We have the required expertise, equipment and insurance to trim hedges of any type or size.

Our hedge specialists use hedge trimmers, ladders, ropes, harnesses and MEWPs/Cherrypickers to shape hedges to exact specifications.

South London Tree Surgery provides a wide range of hedge-cutting services, from trimming, reductions and removal to hedge re-planting/replacement.

We also offer scheduled hedge maintenance plans so clients can keep their properties tidy throughout the year.

For a free hedge-trimming consultation or to arrange a no-obligation quotation with a reliable tree surgeon, Contact us today.

Conservation Areas and TPOs/Tree Preservation Orders In Croydon

Before you start any hedge or tree work in Croydon, checking if they’re protected is vital.

The quickest way to check the status of your tree or hedge is by visiting the Croydon Council website and following the instructions provided.

We check the status of all trees before giving you a quotation, and if permission is required, we can apply on your behalf.

Contact us for more information about TPOs and a free, no-obligation quotation.

Areas Served by South London Tree Surgery

Our local tree surgeons serve Croydon and the following nearby areas:

  • Addiscombe
  • Broad Green and Selhurst
  • Coulsdon
  • Croydon Town Centre
  • Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood
  • Kenley and Old Coulsdon
  • Norbury
  • Purley
  • Sanderstead
  • Selsdon
  • Shirley
  • South Croydon
  • South Norwood and Woodside
  • Thornton Heath
  • Waddon

If you need an insured and qualified tree professional, Contact us today.

Reasons To Choose Us As Your
South London Tree Surgeons

£10 Million Public & Employers Liability Insurance

NPTC & LANTRA Qualified Arborists & Tree Surgeons

Alcumus SafeContractor & CHAS Approved

Experienced, Friendly & Knowledgeable Workforce

Modern, Reliable Specialist Tree Surgeon Equipment

QMS ISO9001 & ISO14001 accredited