Large trees causing building subsidence


Root damage and subsidence are all too common nowadays, and unfortunately for homeowners an issue that can be costly for the structure itself, and sometimes causing a great deal of damage to buildings.

The project

We were called out to look at a particular project where specialist engineers had surveyed to establish the cause of subsidence. Following the inspect it was concluded that the proximity of some large trees was causing the issue to the building. The recommended action was to remove the four closest trees to the building and reduce two of the other nearby trees.

The location presented some access difficulties as well as sensitivities in regards to the public areas. The trees were sizeable, so we needed an access platform to carry out the work safely, with the proximity of the trees being so close to the building, public highway and footpath. Accompanied by sloping ground, all presented some interesting challenges for our team.

We felled two of the smaller trees, and then sectionally dismantled two of the larger trees. So other trees wouldn’t intrude on the buildings in time with extensive growth, we carried out some reduction work on two larger Oaks using the access platform. Given the location, we utilised full traffic management systems to protect the public highway and footpath. Once all work completed the branches were chipped and spread across the wooded area, with any larger timbers removed from the location.

The outcome

Most of our projects present us with challenges, and this particular project given the location was probably one of the more complex situations we would work. Traffic management, adjacent buildings, and keeping the area safe for passers-by was critical. Our team were able to carry out this extensive project, safely and efficiently for our clients.




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.