K. Shepherd & Son

Tree Surgery in Haslemere, Woking and the South of England

Tree surgery is a science and as a company, we use our knowledge and expertise to focus on each tree using a cutting process to ensure their health and safety. We don’t believe in ‘hacking’ trees, which can often lead to the point of no recovery, instead our accredited tree surgeons meticulously calculate and measure each cut with care, precision and attention to detail.

We use a methodical approach to tree surgery, and this has made us a very popular choice with customers in the surrounding areas of Cranleigh, Farnham, Guildford, Haslemere and Woking. We also cover the South of England.

As a family-run business, tree surgery is in our blood. Ethical tree care is the hallmark of K. Shepherd & Son and a reassuring factor that is part and parcel or our service delivery. From formative pruning and pollarding to the safe removal of trees, if there is no other option available to us, then we have a complete range of arboriculture services available.

We use a methodical approach to tree surgery, and this has made us a very popular choice with customers in the surrounding areas of Cranleigh, Farnham, Guildford, Haslemere and Woking. We also cover the South of England.

As a family-run business, tree surgery is in our blood. Ethical tree care is the hallmark of K. Shepherd & Son and a reassuring factor that is part and parcel or our service delivery. From formative pruning and pollarding, to the safe removal of trees, if there is no other option available to us, then we have a complete range of arboricultural services available.

Our accredited tree surgeons are available to bring the following services to your home, land or business:

Formative Tree Pruning

When pruning trees, we shorten the side branches which not only makes them smaller but also gives them a more attractive look. This, in turn, removes the density, making them less vulnerable to wind damage. Numerous benefits are then afforded to the surrounding plant life, whilst allowing more light into the canopy. Our core tree surgery practices for pruning include crown lifting, crown thinning, crown reduction and pollarding.

As part of the process, our tree surgeons take advantage of the opportunity to remove any damaged or diseased timber.

Formative tree surgery creates a more balanced appearance across properties in Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Woking and the South of England. We always work carefully to assess the impact of removing limbs and branches first.

Tree Felling

When most people think of tree surgery, they visualise the familiar TV image of a lumberjack chopping down trees in a dense forest. This image isn’t the reality of what a tree surgeon does on a day-to-day basis. Our work is always about preservation first, only removing trees if they are in a damaged, diseased or dangerous condition. We may also have to fell trees that stand in the way of land development.

Directional felling is a process used by our tree surgeons to make strategic cuts forming a hinge in the trunk controlling the directional fall; a process recognised by most of our customers. We use this method where the fall presents no immediate danger to property, workforces or members of the public.

The stump left above ground level, is then removed using stump grinding machinery.

If we are unable to use directional felling, then we remove trees using a form of tree surgery called sectional dismantling. This involves removing the branches individually, then cutting the main body of the tree in sections from the top downwards. Aerial and ground crews use winches and pulleys to lower cut timber to floor level in a safe and controlled manner.

After felling or dismantling, we remove the timber from sites in the surrounding Cranleigh, Farnham, Guildford, Haslemere and Woking areas using loading shovels and grab hire machinery. Felled timber comes back to our yard in Godalming, where it is seasoned and sold on as firewood.

Stump Grinding

Directional felling and sectional dismantling leave part of the stump sitting above ground level, which is unsightly, presents a tripping hazard for land users and can harbour bacteria and disease, including honeysuckle. Our tree surgeons can grind stumps to specified depths below soil level using specialist stump grinding machinery. This process chases out the main buttress roots to stop the stump from growing back.

In the world of tree surgery, nothing ever goes to waste. The stump grinding process creates a woodchip that we can either remove or leave on site for you to use as mulch.

Stump grinding is a faster, more effective and less disruptive alternative to older root removal systems, such as digging or winching. It leaves just a small hole in the ground where the stump sits, which our tree surgeons can backfill with moved soil and some of the woodchip derived from grinding.

Site Clearances

K. Shepherd & Son can bring machinery to site clearances in Godalming and the surrounding Cranleigh, Farnham, Guildford, Haslemere and Woking areas to make operations more efficient. We use tractors, cranes, trailers, chippers, Unimog vehicles with grab arms, 360° excavators, winches, flails, woodchippers, shredders and mulchers. Everything we need for a fast-moving clearance comes supplied or hired by our company.

Tree surgery is often the first step towards a larger site clearance project, particularly for our commercial clients, or for those who manage forestry and woodland. We can supply tree surgeons and operatives to manage your clearance from outset to completion. K. Shepherd & Son handles all site clearance operations with personnel and public safety in mind.

Call K. Shepherd & Son on 01483 428956 or 07860 698655. We are tree surgery specialists covering Haslemere, Woking and all locations in the Godalming area.