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Woodland Management2021-01-22T22:52:34+00:00

Woodland Management in East Lothian, Scotland

Professional, controlled and safe woodland management in 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

Why do woodlands need managing?

Woodland management is a term contrary to what most people believe as they expect the ‘woodland ecosystem’ to take care of itself. The reason for this is human intervention.

There are no wildwoods in Scotland. Centuries of exploitation, the introduction of non-native species and the decimation of wildlife have led us to a situation where woodland management is needed, specifically ‘letting the light in’.

Light allows for greater biodiversity on the forest floor, supporting the growth of new plants and ensuring a healthy ecosystem where nature can thrive.

Our woodland management services

Social woodland management

Maintaining pathways are clear, identifying and removing any potential hazards. Essentially taming the woodland to increase accessibility and protect the public.
Social Woodland Management


Repeatedly feeling trees at their base, allowing them to regrow to produce a sustainable supply of timber.

Canopy Reduction

Woodland plants require light to fulfil their lifecycle. Depending on the canopy density, our tree surgeons can cut back trees to the specifications of the woodland management team.
Light from Canopy


A well-managed woodland has a range of ages and structure which provide a varied habitat. This in turn keeps the ecosystem in stasis.

Species Management

Monocultures are unstable and can be wiped out through pathogens, whereas a well-managed woodland has a range of tree species. We design new woodland with a tolerance for higher temperatures.
Species Management

Customer testimonials

Three trees shortened in height quickly, and tidily. Couldn’t have been easier to deal with, and the bill even came down with slightly less work than anticipated! Highly recommended.

Anthony Robinson

Ali did a great job of trimming our tree. He was really friendly and helpful, arrived on time and cleared everything away afterwards, what more could you want? Highly recommended!

Rachel Hein

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

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Choosing a tree surgeon in Edinburgh & East Lothian

While we operate across Scotland, sometimes we get calls we just can’t reach in the given time period and often ask ‘how do I find the best tree surgeon near me?’ While we can’t help you find the best tree surgeon, we can certainly give you points to look out for.

Choosing a Tree Surgeon Checklist

    • Liability & Public Liability (minimum £5 million)
    • British Standard – BS 3998:2010 Tree work. Recommendations
    • Qualifications – NPTC/Lantra Awards certificate for chainsaw use.
    • Ask for a written quote including full details of work, what will happen with the timber, who is responsible for obtaining permission if trees are protected and what steps will be taken to protect you and your property.
    • Request a reference
    • Quote validity period and if the price includes VAT
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do trees sometimes need to be felled?2020-11-10T16:52:00+00:00

Tree felling is the action of cutting down a tree to improve the safety an area or to prevent disease from spreading. Removing a tree from a public space or near a home is often a last resort when remedial work will not be enough to ensure safety for people, property or plants.

When is the best time to prune a tree?2020-11-10T16:51:40+00:00

We generally advise against pruning trees in spring, this is when the sap rises up and the leaves begin to come out. During autumn, trees draw back in the nutrients they need to survive the winter. Pruning in autumn can cause stress, resulting in disease or even death of the tree.

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