Tree Surgery

Arbor Vitae's team of tree surgeons are highly trained and experienced, providing a professional and punctual service for all tree work in and around Edinburgh.

Tree surgery and tree felling and removal are highly skilled and often dangerous operations. No two jobs are the same. Many factors have to be taken into account when assessing a job, not least the proximity of targets - for example overhead cables, roads and buildings - as described in our Case Studies below, featuring the removal of an Ash tree and a large Purple Beech, both in Edinburgh.

Arbor Vitae offer a complimentary home-visit, where the tree can be assessed, following which we will provide you with a written quotation for our tree services.

For more information on Conservation Areas and Tree Protection Orders, please contact us or the Local Authority,or view the relevant website:
Edinburgh Council's Property Search
Edinburgh Council’s Conservation Areas
East Lothian Council
Midlothian Council


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Case Study:

Removal of Ash tree in Merchiston, Edinburgh with phone line running past the trunk.

  • Great care was taken not to damage the phone-line, garden furniture, the wall, and the neighbouring property. A handsaw was used for many smaller parts and almost every part of the tree was lowered to the ground on a rope and pulley to give maximum control over the cut pieces.

    Using a hand-saw

    Using a hand-saw

    Lowering a branch

    Lowering a branch

Case Study:

Inspection, dismantle and stump-removal of a diseased Purple Beech in Newhaven Edinburgh.

This mature Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea was in a Conservation Area, therefore the local authority had to be notified before any work commenced.

The tree had a large cavity with an infection of Bjerkandera adusta, a decay causing fungus.

Due to the high value of the tree, being in a prominent location on Newhaven Road, further investigation was required to assess the extent of decay in the tree. Adam Riedi of Blebo Tree Surgery used the Picus Sonic Tomograph to map the decay on a computer. Confirmation of brittle-decay was found by using a Fractometer with a core sample of the tree. After this extensive inspection work, the tree was judged to be a hazard and permission was given for removal.

Purple Beech

Purple Beech

Cavity with decay-fungus

Cavity with decay-fungus

Adam setting up the Picus

Adam setting up the Picus

Scott in the crown

Scott in the crown

Sectioning

Sectioning

Nearly there!

Nearly there!

Discoloured area in the stump

Discoloured area in the stump

Stump-grinding

Stump-grinding

We always like to leave a clean and tidy job.

We always like to leave a clean and tidy job.