Involves pruning young trees to help eliminate future problems, and enable the tree to develop a better structure.

Formative pruning of deciduous tree is usually best done in winter so the branch structure is easier to see. Some trees need pruning at certain time of the year some i.e. Plums and Cherry trees are best pruned just after flowering to reduce the risk of infection they can be prone to Silver leaf and Canker. Birch, Walnut should be pruned once in leaf or until late summer.

Formative pruning should aim to produce a tree which in maturity will be free from major physical weaknesses, formative pruning early in the tree life may also increase the trees life expectancy. Unwanted secondary leading shoots (co-dominant stems) and potentially weak forks which could fail in adverse weather conditions later in life should be removed. Failure to remove these shoots may mean premature felling to safeguard people and property.

When growth within a tree crown results in crossing branches that may rub together causing loss of strength or possible fracture in adverse weather, one of the branches should be removed. Every pruning cut creates a wound on the tree, if the cut is made at the wrong angle it will effect the trees ability to heal and maintain healthy growth.


Norfolk Trees was established in 2002 by Ashley Barnes, we operate throughout Norfolk and East Anglia. Our tree surgeons are all fully qualified for the work which they undertake and have over years experience in all aspects of tree care, which include dismantling, felling, crown lifting and reductions, dead wood removal, formative pruning, tree surveys to BS5837, tree hazard reports, pest and disease diagnosis, bat inspections, stump grinding or treating and tree planting.


Our staff allow clients to be confident and assured of the quality of our work and a £10,000,000 public liability insurance offers peace of mind. All work is carried out to BS3998 2010. In addition to domestic work we undertake commercial work for Local Authorities, Parish Councils and contract to the Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Breckland Council and Serco, South Norfolk Council, Broadland Council, NCC Highways, KierMG and Anglian Water along with numerous other clients.


We are also approved by the Arboricultural Association and Norfolk County Council and are CHAS Accredited

Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme.