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Burnt Holm Oak – Central Plymouth

Project Snapshot

This job involved a burnt Holm Oak in Central Plymouth. We were tasked with removing the burnt stem of the tree as low as possible to make it safe, shaping and retaining the rest of the tree to maintain its aesthetics and privacy.

Burnt Holm Oak Central Plymouth - Tree Surgeons Around Tree - The Tree Surgery Company Ltd
Burnt Holm Oak Central Plymouth - Tree to Be Cut Down - The Tree Surgery Company Ltd

The Challenge

The fire in a garage underneath the large burnt Holm Oak in Central Plymouth, presented a unique challenge. It caused considerable damage to one of the three large main stems and burned a lot of surrounding foliage from the other two remaining ones. Our task at hand was to safely remove much of the height from the remaining stems and eliminate the damaged stem, whilst preserving privacy and an aesthetically pleasing tree.

Space was not an issue, as the garage had been cleaned up, leaving a large concrete pad to work from. However, removing large limbs from the top whilst trying to keep the lower half intact and minimise damage, required a great deal of precision and communication. This aspect of the job underscored the professionalism and skills of our team.

Burnt Holm Oak Central Plymouth - Preparing Tree for Surgery - The Tree Surgery Company Ltd
Burnt Holm Oak Central Plymouth - Climbing Tree for Inspection - The Tree Surgery Company Ltd

The Solution

Starting the job with the burnt Holm Oak in Central Plymouth, we quickly realised that removing the most damaged and burnt stem first would be the best way to make the rest of the work easier for all of us. The rest of the tree was still in good health, so we were able to remove it in large pieces via rigging and cut the pieces on the ground. Holm Oak is a very dense hardwood, so once it reached the ground, we cut it into smaller pieces than we would for most trees so that we could lift and manoeuvre it out of the working area.

We then moved on to the live stems, and planned to reduce them roughly in half to suitable points so that the tree would still be aesthetically pleasing, while creating privacy from the neighbouring houses behind. In addition, we used our tree winch to pull these limbs up and away to the rigging point, to ensure as little damage as possible to the foliage that was left until we had achieved the look we were after.

Burnt Holm Oak Central Plymouth - Safety Rope for Tree Surgeon - The Tree Surgery Company Ltd
Burnt Holm Oak Central Plymouth - Chainsawing Tree - The Tree Surgery Company Ltd

The Results

The customer’s satisfaction was a testament to the project’s success. They were relieved that the entire tree was not lost and were particularly happy with how the remaining tree looked. The burnt Holm Oak in Central Plymouth was taken care of as per the brief, and all the work was completed in a day, which pleased everyone involved.

Burnt Holm Oak Central Plymouth - Tree Surgeron Team - The Tree Surgery Company Ltd
Burnt Holm Oak Central Plymouth - The Solution - The Tree Surgery Company Ltd
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