Questions about tree surgery

We hope that this list of common questions about tree surgery is useful but if your question is not answered, or you are looking for a tree surgeon in Hertfordshire, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If a tree is growing within the boundary of your property you, as the owner, have a responsibility to ensure that it is maintained and is in a safe state. It is also your responsibility to ensure that your tree does not cause damage or injury to others. In law this is dealt with under Common Law Duty, the duty of care.

It is an order made by the Council which in general makes it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree without the planning authority’s permission.

A conservation area is “an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”. (Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990). Effectively, all trees are protected within this area and the council require notification to carry out any tree works.

Each tree species has its own requirements. Prunus like to be pruned in warm dry weather, typically in June, July and August. This reduces the risk of silver leaf.

Fruit trees, such as apples and pears, are better pruned in winter months to aid fruiting. It is important that pruning works are carried out at the correct times to stop the risk of fungal and bacterial infections.

Yes, everything is taken away and recycled. We have a waste carrier licence to legally transport the waste. Logs are processed for firewood and the wood chip is taken to a local farm where it is composted for a year and then ploughed back into the land.

The law states that you are entitled to cut back branches from overhanging trees to the boundary line, but it does not allow you to trespass to achieve this. Common sense suggests that the best course of action is to discuss the problem with the tree owner and come to an amicable agreement.

It may be more beneficial for the tree to receive a crown lift or reduction as opposed to cutting back just the offending branch(es) and unbalancing the tree. It is recommended to carry out any tree works in accordance with good arboricultural practice. Poor tree work can be counterproductive and is often potentially dangerous.

It is possible but inadvisable as every tree, stump and garden is different and has its own special features. Our pricing policy is based on a number of factors including the tree species, its location and its condition. If the tree is situated in a rear garden, the access must be considered for the removal and disposal of the resulting debris. We also have to take into consideration any garden features which are in close proximity to the tree, such as sheds, greenhouses and fences.

There is no effective right to light or a view in English law.

The prescriptions act does afford a right to light. However, it is severely limited and using it in relation to trees is problematic and generally unsuccessful.

Evoke Tree Services Ltd. has an impeccable safety record, and the methods and techniques we employ are designed to minimalise the risk of accidents happening. In the unlikely event of damage occurring to any of your property, rest assured that we are fully insured. A copy of our insurance policy is always carried in our vehicles.

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  • 5 star review  Extremely effective and knowledgeable. Prompt and on time. Polite and friendly. Excellent clear up on completion. I would definitely employ Evoke again, and am very happy to recommend them.

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  • 5 star review  Fantastic Speedy Service to remove trees and bushes !! Works completed very quickly and working area left better than when they started. Evoke provided a fast professional service at great value. Highly recommended !

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  • 5 star review  These guys are incredible. Prompt response to request for quote, very good pricing and extremely professional job. We had a tree removed and stump ground out plus three trees staked. As others have said you wouldn't know they had been except for the missing tree and now upright smaller trees! Brilliant service - thoroughly recommend and will be doing so to anyone that cares to listen :-) Thanks Billy and Kate and the team!

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  • 5 star review  We commissioned Evoke to top the trees in our garden and shape as they had had many years of unchecked growth. Evoke was a pleasure to work with, they made the process very easy and their team were efficient and very polite on the day. I am very pleased with the work and would happily recommend them. Thank you!

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  • 5 star review  Evoke Tree Services came to our rescue after a bunch of cowboys ‘rode into town’ to remove our back garden hedge and left the stumps in saying that wasn’t part of the deal. I should have spotted their spurs! Evoke was recommended to us, and they were in and out within the hour, everything done and dusted. Thank you Evoke for first class service. The old saying still stands: ‘Pay cheap, pay twice.’ We know where to go next time. 👍

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  • 5 star review  Amazing service from Evoke from start to finish! We had a number of very large and unmanageable laurel bushes growing in the garden which required a significant amount of work done to them to bring them back to a nice size. The work was completed promptly and to a fantastic standard; highly recommended!

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