Pollarding is the removal of all the tree limbs leaving just a trunk approximately 2.5 metres in height and best carried out when the tree is young. The trunk then regenerates to form a pollard head consisting of multiple shoots.

It was historically done to manage hedgerows trees to produce wood fuel and building timbers by cutting the re-growth back to the previous pollarding points (re-pollarding). This was done on a cycle of 15-25 Years depending on species etc.


Pollarding usually introduces decay to the main stem and once started the cycle should be repeated at intervals of 5-30 years, depending on species.

If the re-pollard cycle has lapsed, the tree may become structurally insecure with a possibility of failure. If the pollard re-pollard is carried out at this point it can lead to the death of the tree so it is far better to do the re-pollarding in stages (crown retrenchment) in order to return the tree to a active pollard.


Pollarding can be a very affective way of preserving a tree which has been planted in the wrong location, one of the main garden trees which we have carried out pollarding on are Weeping Willows. These trees are often planted in small gardens and soon become to big for there location. Once pollarded these trees can regenerate 2-3 metres of regrowth within the first year.

Crown Retrenchment

This is a staged reduction over a period of years to create growth lower down in the crown.


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.