Nicholls Tree Services

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Tree Services

Nicholls Tree Services covers all aspects of tree care. Our experienced tree surgeons are experts at aerial work and tree climbing, getting up tricky trees in difficult spots. We also trim and top hedges and grind stumps out. Listed below are just some of the services we provide.

Crown Thining

Crown thinning is a light prune, particularly used on mature trees with large thick canopies. It is designed to allow more sun light to travel though the tree, whilst still keeping the trees size and shape. This is done by climbing the tree using a rope and harness and removing small, unneeded epicormic growth and rubbing branches. This growth is often caused by previous heavy pruning or stress on the tree.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction

Reducing the overall crown of the tree usually by 20/30%. This is a great way to reduce the size of the tree, whilst still maintaining its shape. This is a good alternative to removing a tree, especially when trying to gain more light into a garden, or if the tree is becoming a problem due to its size.

A crown reduction is also a good way to reduce the height and weight of the tree limbs, reducing the risk of failure. It’s important to recognise the aesthetical value of a tree in a property, and with a little clever pruning, it can become the main feature of a garden.

The tree climber will reduce the length of branches all the way around the tree. Pruning cuts are made back to good growth points and natural unions. This promotes healthy regrowth and reduces the risk of dieback on a limb.

Crown raise

Crown Lift/Raise

A crown raise is to remove lower limbs on a tree to a specific height. This is usually done to prune the tree above head height and to allow more sunlight beneath the tree and around flower beds.

Often the size and shape of the tree is fine but the lower branches have become a nuisance around buildings, gutters, driveways etc. A crown raise can help eliminate these problems.


Pollarding involves removing all upper branches from a tree, leaving bare stem wood. It is particularly effective method of pruning back willow, poplar and lime trees. This method of pruning promotes thick dense growth and is effective at drastically reducing the height of most fast-growing trees.

It can also be useful when working on an older tree with signs of dieback. This hard cut can help promote young growth beneath the signs of the dieback. It also drastically reduces the weight of heavy limbs, making it much safer to live with.

Often customers that have had a tree pollard in the past, and request that the regrowth be cut back to original pollard points. This is a form of tree management we call re-pollarding. This reduces the size of the tree and helps prevent the new growth from getting too big and splitting from the main trunk.

Tree Removal and Felling

Sometimes trees can be in the wrong place, partially around buildings. They also can be a nuisance in a garden blocking sunlight. Nicholls Tree Services are experts at removing difficult trees. I’ve been working as a tree surgeon in Norfolk for over 12 years, climbing and rigging, and I’ve yet to find a tree too challenging.

The tree is removed in an organised safe manner by a professional team, often using lowering ropes to slowly and carefully piece the tree down without causing unnecessary damage. 

We usually chip up all debris, which can either be removed from site or tipped off in a pile for the customer to use around the garden. Timber can be removed from site or left in logs ready to be split for firewood. Generally, if the customer can find a use for the wood chip and/or timber, the price is reflected in the quote.

TPO Applications and Working in Conservation Areas

With over 12 years experience, I have been working closely with councils to ensure our work is to the highest standard. A Tree Preservation Order is an order made by a local planning authority in England to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity.

It is illegal to prune a tree protected under a TPO or in a conservation area, without permission from the council. We specialise at TPO applications and working alongside the council to gain permission to prune trees protected under TPO or in Conservation Area restrictions.

Safety Pruning, Deadwood removal and Emergency Work.

Sometimes trees can become dangerous or pose a risk, particularly near public places and buildings. We are often called out to climb trees and remove dangerous limbs and dead wood to prevent them from falling. We also provide an emergency callout in Norfolk and North Suffolk during and after storms/bad weather.