Safety was a must when removing these decaying Ispwich Lombardy Poplar trees


Lombardy poplars are certainly fast-growing trees. They can grow as much as 6 feet per year., which makes them a popular choice when people want “living wall” screening or windbreaks to garden areas that are open and prone to high winds. The Lombardy poplar tree is best known for its column centurion style shape, elegantly guarding the roadsides and gardens of the UK.

The project

For this project, our client had recently moved into the property and inherited a line of Lombardy Poplars. They sat across the left-hand boundary which bordered neighbours. This was of particular concern to the new owner, as the trees were extremely tall and could present a danger in the future. Poplar timber is naturally very soft, prone to decay and hollowing. This combination, along with high winds, can see a loss of limbs and potential damage to surrounding property.

When we inspected the trees, due to previous pruning and substantial reduction in the past, there were clear signs of hollowing and decay. With dense regrowth from the hold cut points and a high risk of this regrowth from snapping out, the trees were not safe to climb. We chose to use our superb RQG 18 narrow access tracked platform. We could work safely to reduce the regrowth down to the previous cut points.

This access platform was our only choice with restricted access, The RQG 18 is a fabulous platform, highly manoeuvrable, and very easy to work with.

The outcome

In Tree Surgery, knowledge and expertise is very important to protect either those who regularly use the location, or indeed the people who work on the tree. Without knowing the risks involved, climbing this particular tree could have presented a danger to our team. This is why we have a powerful arsenal of access platforms. They reduce the risk to our team as well as the local environment.



Kara Proud - Customer

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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.

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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.