The felling of a precarious Sycamore in Dedham, Essex


The beautiful and historic town of Dedham which is nestled in the stunning countryside of Dedham Vale is certainly known for its ancient trees and green spaces, many of which are explored by tourists all year round.

So to get the call to look at a very tall Sycamore tree which had been inspected by an arboricultural consultant, and further found to have various fungal infections, but situated very close to many of Dedham’s listed buildings, required an urgent solution. The Sycamore’s infections were associated with old pruning wounds which may be been the cause of the deadwood in the crown, and various cavities which had formed within the stem.

The conclusion by the consultant was of an increasing risk of failure as the tree had begun to decline, and its location overhanging the public highway was also cause for great concern. The owner of the tree agreed on the recommendations from the tree inspection report, and commissioned Elite Tree Services to take down the tree.

With the precarious position, albeit heavily protected by our road signs, meant the job of taking down such a large tree had to be done with caution and utilising our highly sophisticated equipment. The Wumag WT260 is a 26m access platform mounted onto a vehicle. The 7.5T machine was absolutely perfect for the job, and accompanied by the Unimog with Hiab which enabled us to crane down the timber, meant what was seemingly a difficult job, became a great deal easier, and took less time than you may think.

With a full Unimog trailer of timber, the final results was a 4 feet high stump which can be seen clearly in the gallery adjacent.

A job of this nature required a number of plans to be put in place, including:

  • Planning permission for work on a tree with a TPO
  • Full road signage and traffic management
  • Clear access on the road – no parked vehicles
  • And an agreement from the neighbour, as we would be obstructing the access to their property

A job of this nature certainly takes a lot of planning, and with 17 years experience in Tree Surgery we were able to make the process simple and efficient for the customer.



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.