Tree pruning services in East Lothian, Scotland

Professional, controlled and safe tree pruning for Edinburgh, East Lothian and surrounding areas.

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“Very reliable, hard working contractor. Felled and removed a large tree for me. Also returned and cleared excess branches on 2 large trees. Highly recommended”

Chris Barton

Tree pruning services

Tree pruning is the removal of living or dead parts of the tree, think twigs, branches, parts of the trunk and even the tree’s roots. It’s the most common tree work job that tree surgeons do, and there are lots of reasons why we do it.

Trees grow to the boundaries of their environment but sometimes they need a helping hand. The natural cycle of growth and dieback, storm damage, disease and pests are just some of the issues that make pruning a necessity. Human intervention also plays a part, such as the demolition or construction of properties which can result in serious problems in the future.

At Ali Wales Tree Solutions we carry out all our tree surgery work in line with the British Standard BS3998: 2010 for Tree Work. Our tree pruning work is planned and delivered to reduce the chances of structural failure and any risk to people and property. We of course will do everything in our power to prolong the tree’s life.  The tree work will be laid out within a risk assessment and method statement.

Tree Pruning Services

Tree Pruning

Reducing the size of your tree to give your garden more sunlight. Also, annual tree pruning is important to promote healthy trees, making stumps and branches stronger and promoting new growth
Tree Pruning Edinburgh Scotland
Dead Wood Tree Surgeon

Dead Wooding

Dead wooding involves the removal of dead, dying or diseased wood on a tree, this includes broken branches and stubs that may have been left from previous tree surgery operations. We cut back the dead wood to a healthy branch junction.

Crown Lifting

Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches and sometimes the preparation for lower branches for removal at a later stage. It’s a tree pruning technique that can increase the amount of light into a garden and improve the overall health of a tree. For older, mature trees crown lifting may be phased over a number of years to prevent decay on the wound.
Crown Clearing
Crown Lifting


Tree branch thinning involves the removal of secondary branches from within the crown of the tree. The goal is to reduce the density of the tree as a whole.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction differs from thinning in that it aims to to reduce the crown’s overall size or to reshape an asymmetrical crown. We’ll ensure there’s a strong framework of healthy branches that can produce a dense leaf cover in the following growing season.
Tree Thinning
Crown Reduction Edinburgh

Crown Clearing

Crown clearing is an operation aimed at removing defects within a tree, for example, diseased or dead wood and crossing or rubbing branches.


Coppicing is a tree management technique that takes a tree all the way down to stump level, allowing vigorous regrowth of the tree.