Churchyard clearance of precarious tree


Some of the most ancient trees in our region are situated in churchyards and surrounding grounds. Indeed, this area has some quite outstanding specimens, and some are quite unusual and rare. This particular tree wasn’t uncommon, but it was undoubtedly extremely well established.

The project

This large multi-stemmed Ash tree was located in a walled area, adjacent to the churchyard. Following a previous inspection, we, unfortunately, had to recommend the removal of the tree due to disease and decay in the lower trunk. The tree could have presented a danger to those using the location. Following the results of the inspection, we got the instruction to carry out the removal of the tree.

With removal planned for a few days, the wind, unfortunately, beat us to it, and the tree failed with stems falling across the walls, shed and churchyard. One of the larger timbers was laying across a wall, potentially risking the wall to collapse. We immediately bought the work forward.

Our first job was to clear the precarious branches and small wood which was not weight-bearing. The more extensive sections of timber were left in place due to the risk of further damage while cutting them. That work required a different tact. We returned to the site the following day with our Unimog and lifting equipment. The equipment allowed us to our tree surgery work lifting the timber from the structures without causing any further damage. The project had increased difficulty with narrow access at many points where we needed to work carefully, given the precarious nature of the adjacent infrastructure.

The outcome

Access, size and nature of this project created a demanding set of tasks for the Elite team. However, our superb equipment levels here at Elite mean we are well-equipped to deal with the most demanding of tasks. Indeed, one of the few tree surgeons in Suffolk who have the necessary kit. The project was completed, with one happy client, as we were able to rectify the situation without any further damage to the location.




Kara Proud - Customer

Brilliant workers, very knowledgeable and extremely hard working, polite and left the garden spotless. Time keeping excellent & they do not stop! Have booked for more work to be done now and continually throughout the year. Very highly recommended company.

Peter Rodwell - Customer

Elite carried out both fencing and tree work for us. The fencing work consisted of approximately 50 metres of new fencing and the removal of a 15m high Holly tree along with stump grinding ready for fresh planting during the spring. Really happy with the final result the team were friendly and made sure everything was left tidy afterwards. Work was competitively priced and clearly a professional business.

Nikki Zenonos - Customer

Elite Trees replaced my rear fence for me. They were very efficient and friendly from the quoting stage all the way through to finishing the job. Fence looks great and I would not hesitate in recommending them.

Doreen Fulton- Customer

I had a large conifer cut down yesterday, and am very pleased with the work carried out .It was right up the corner near a fence it was cut down everything taken away and left tidy by three very hard working polite men .So I can highly recommend this service.

Anonymous- Customer

All of the guys were really friendly and helpful, and did an excellent job clearing up as well. We are very pleased with the outcome. It has and will continue to make so much difference to us. I understand that my neighbours are similarly impressed.

Anonymous- Customer

Dear Paul, many thanks. They did a super job. I was most impressed. And great to have saved the half day. Looking forward to seeing them again for stage II next month. Please thank all 3 of them!

Anonymous- Customer

Hi Paul, we were impressed with your professional and friendly approach and in the light of that we are happy to proceed!

Anonymous- Customer

Hi Paul, thank you for the excellent work done on Tuesday, the guys cleaned up after and did a grand job.

Anonymous- Customer

Dear Mr Thomas, thank you and your team for an exemplary job with which we are very satisfied. With the multi-stemmed Ash removed, we have been able to see the wood for the trees, so to speak. To avoid unnecessary constraints on future planting, we have decided to have the stump(s) ground out and I understand that you will arrange for that in the near future and look forward to hearing further from you.

Anonymous- Customer

Hi Paul, Thank you for again an excellent job carried out by your company in the removal of our hedge.

Anonymous- Customer

Hi Paul Many thanks for the finished job which looks great.

Anonymous- Customer

Good afternoon Paul Just to let you know your tree surgeons have just left and we are thrilled with the results.They were both very professional and respectful and we appreciated their caution at this time. We would certainly recommend Elite to others and were pleased that we found you on Which Trusted Traders.

Anonymous- Customer

Just a note to thank the onsite team for the excellent work carried out behind our property last Friday. All of the guys were really friendly and helpful, and did an excellent job clearing up as well. We are very pleased with the outcome. It has and will continue to make so much difference to us. I understand that my neighbours are similarly impressed.

Anonymous- Customer

Would like to say that the two guys who came to tackle felling of the Robinia here at my home have done an excellent job, making it all appear so easy

Graham B- Customer

A very professional and friendly service used to remove a very large conifer hedge with all debris removed and the site left very tidy. Wouldn't hesitate in recommending.