Tree Pollarding - Tree Surgery Techniques
Pollarding is a poorly understood arboricultural technique that has a long tradition in the British landscape. Pollarding involves tree surgery to cut back the crown of the tree back to the trunk and allowing new branches to sprout from the cuts. Originally this was a technique used to prevent the economically important new growth from being nipped back by browsing animals.
Pollarding is a practice widely used today by tree surgeons, in managing street trees, though without regular tree surgery maintenance a tree that has been pollarded can become potentially hazardous. Large pollarding cuts may also allow decay fungi to enter the tree, which can cause further complications.