At Shelford Tree Service, we offer a wide range of tree care and garden maintenance solutions, priding ourselves on our competitive rates, our high standard of work and our dedication to health and safety; for staff and for the trees and gardens we work on.

Our commitment to customer satisfaction is the reason that much of our work comes from recommendation. Although most of our work is concentrated in South Cambridgeshire, we regularly travel further afield. We have a passion for trees and the same level of care and attention is given to all our jobs.


Stump Grinding

Removing remnants of felled trees to reclaim the land.

Tree stumps can cause many problems.

  • You can’t plant in the surrounding soil because the root system is still alive.
  • The stump can resprout (suckering) again and again.
  • The roots can host disease like honey fungus, affecting the health of your other trees.

Leaving stumps in situ is simply not worth the risk.

We can arrange to remove any tree stump no matter how big or small and can grind them down well below ground level to make future replanting a viable option.

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Garden Clearance

We can help clear gardens for replanting.

Thinking of tidying the garden up but don’t have the machinery, manpower or time to do it? Shelford Tree Service is well equipped to clear away any organic matter and bring your garden back under control.

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Hedge Trimming

Hedges need keeping dense, compact and tidy. We will trim and tidy your hedges however large or small.

As conscientious tree surgeons we always take into consideration the important nesting environment of birds during the Spring and Summer months and it is advisable not to trim hedges during this time, unless it is very clear there are no nesting birds in the hedge. This can be hard to see as birds tend to nest deep within the hedge and the hedge is then best left alone until late Summer.

Where possible we try to avoid cutting hedges between the months of March and August, and work in accordance with RSPB recommendations.

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Crown Thinning and Lifting

Partial thinning or lower branch removal to increase light in your garden.

Crown thinning is the selective removal of branches within a tree canopy to limit the risk of the tree uprooting in strong winds and to reduce the overall weight of the tree. It also serves to allow more light to pass through the tree without reducing its overall shape and size.

Crown lifting is the removal of the lower branches of a tree. This has several key benefits:

  • Increased clearance for footpaths or highways.
  • Allows significantly more light into the garden.
  • Creates a better growing environment around the tree.

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Woodland Management

Need help looking after a wooded area? We can help.

Just as gardens require maintenance and attention to thrive, healthy woodland relies on effective management. The positive future of a woodland requires the thinning of trees so they grow well and the management of invasive species, such as brambles, to ensure they do not dominate other plants.

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Crown Reduction

Reducing the whole tree canopy for improved light and shape.

This technique involves the climber scaling each and every branch to target prune them to a suitable growth point to ensure the tree stays both healthy and aesthetically pleasing.

Crown reduction is usually carried out when the crown is dying back. Dead wood needs to be removed and cut back to live wood to promote new growth.

The top of a tree acts as a sail especially when in leaf. Reducing the crown reduces the size of the sail so that the wind has less of an impact on the tree.

Strong winds can cause the tree itself to uproot and limbs to fail and break off. Crown reduction can reduce the possibility of such damage.

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Sectional Tree Dismantling

Sectional Tree Dismantling is carried out when the tree cannot be felled in one because of the surrounding environment.

Trees, especially in urban environments, are often surrounded by obstacles and potential hazards ie buildings, phone lines, roads, ponds etc. Our industry leading sectional dismantling techniques involve ascending the tree with ropes and using the very best rigging equipment to lower the cut sections to the ground in a safe and controlled manner.

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Deadwood Removal and Crown Cleaning

Removing dead, dying and dangerous branches from the tree canopy.

Occasionally trees will naturally shed small dead twigs and branches which is normally nothing to be concerned about.

Most trees over 15 years old will have accumulated dead wood in their canopy. It’s not necessarily a sign the tree is in decline. It’s normal for trees to shed branches that aren’t generating enough energy to sustain their place.  A tree may not need all its deadwood removed as it can be beneficial to species of insects and birds.

Larger bits of dead wood should be removed when a tree is overhanging targets such as roads, buildings, Public footpaths etc.

When deadwood removal is carried out, our climber will inspect the crown for any other potential hazards, they may also remove damaged, diseased, dying and crossing branches which are potential hazards if left in the crown.

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Tree Felling

Whole tree removal, quickly, safely and efficiently.

When the space is available to safely remove a tree from the base, we can employ a technique called felling. This method is often the fastest way to deal with unwanted or problem trees. However it is important that you make sure this work is carried out by trained professionals because of the potential risks involved.

If space is limited, we suggest our sectional dismantling service for the safe removal of trees in enclosed areas.

For more information about tree felling or any other tree, hedge or garden related advise, please do not hesitate to call us on 01223 841924

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Prevent your trees from taking over by limiting their growth.

Pollarding is an ancient tree pruning method that creates a framework of bare scaffold branches with a gnarly knob at the end of each branch. This technique is commonly used on Willow and Lime trees.

A fresh pollard can look quite alarming. The tree is reduced to a suitable height and can look very naked. However after one years growth it will be like a new tree. Future maintenance of the tree at this new lower height is often much easier making re-pollarding, if required, back to the same point much easier than the first time

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