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Mature Ash Tree Removal, Dublin rd, Kilkenny City

It’s a sad day when you have to remove a massive ash tree. But sometimes a full tree removal is for the safety of the property owner, their families and the public. This tree in the middle of Kilkenny city was once part of a farm before the city swallowed it up and a very proud lady was sad to let the tree go.

The tree itself had become infected with a wood decaying fungus (Inonotus Hispidus) causing the trees crown to die back with major limbs becoming increasingly brittle and even dropping to the garden below, (Thankfully this wasn’t the main Dublin rd, where the tree over looked). These types of fungus produce an external bracket fungus not often visible to the eye. However, if you do find these on your trees and you are concerned, it’s best to call your local tree care professional because there is potential to save the tree.

Being a roadside ash the tree needed to be rigged with ropes, tension devices and pulleys before lowered to the ground safely. As you can see the pictures tell the story with Dan Tree Climber leading the Tree Services Ireland crew to safely remove this tree. Rigging itself is a specialised qualification obtained and recognised by NPTC city & guilds training. NOTE your tree surgeon should also be properly insured to cover this kind of work.

The removal of this mature urban ash was technical from start to finish and required a carefully thought out and executed plan. Special considerations needed to be taken for health and safety of both the public and the staff. Implementing a well thought out plan from start to finish is vital when dealing with such a big tree under these conditions.


-Firstly, a healthy and safety statement is written up.

-Rigging equipment is set up and in place.

-The Ash was cleared of all branches, working in a systematic way, finishing with the crown.

-Any major limbs were rope rigged and lower to the ground safely.

-Finally the main trunk was rope rigged and lowered in sizable sections safely.

-Job completed in under nine hours.

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Reducing and Thinning Mature Beech at Lavistown House

Reducing and Thinning a Mature Beech at Lavistown House, Co Kilkenny

Our clients at Lavistown House love their trees. Especially this mature beech tree, but they were worried about the possibilities of it coming down in high winds. This tree is in close proximity to the main house and so it posses some concerns for the property owners:

-What is the condition of the beech tree

-Could strong winds potentially push the beech tree into the house

-The beech tree is an extension of the property enhancing it’s place in the landscape. What can we do to retain it or does it need to come down?

After the tree was assessed by a properly qualified and insured tree specialist (You should always cover yourself by checking for qualifications and appropriate insurance) Tree Services Ireland advised on the trees good health. We advised that a medium crown reduction and crown thinning be carried out which would greatly reduces any stress that the tree might be under. This covered all of the concerns that the property owners were having without taking any extreme measures.

The Team consisting of two qualified climbers and one qualified grounds man:

-Reduced the overall weight of the crown, thereby, reducing wind resistance and allowing more light to pass through the tree.

-Removed or reduced larger out stretched limbs so as to balance the weight of the tree.

-Shaped this beech to enhance its visual quality, as a mature tree but also for the value it has to the house and property.

Please note, all good reductions and thinnings should go unnoticed after the job has been completed, retaining the original shape of the tree being key to a job well done. Unless completely necessary mature trees should not be removed without an appropriate reason, always as your tree surgeon to explain any work they suggest carrying out.

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Planning Tree Work Protects Wildlife.

Spring is truly upon us and there is a noticeable stir in nature. One of the most obvious stirrings is that of our native birds fluttering around gathering their nesting materials. If any of you have been paying attention to your gardens you will see Long-tailed Tits returning to the brambles with beaks full of feathers or animal hair,  alternatively rookeries that have been quiet all winter are being refurbished with twigs from all over the 32 counties. From March until the last days of August all our native birds take to our hedgerows, forests and gardens to give life to the next generation.

All this activity makes life complicated for people as we too begin to venture outside preparing our gardens, which have been dormant all winter, for the long light filled summer days ahead. Whether you realise it or not our gardens provide important habitat for breeding birds and bats using hedgerows and trees. So how do we accommodate this important time of year for wildlife while maintaining our own piece of paradise?

As Tree Surgeons we come into direct contact with nesting birds and roosting bats, we have learned over the years that in order to continue carrying out tree work in these months trees need to be clear of wildlife. Here is some advice from us at Tree Services Ireland when it comes to carrying out tree work while also protecting the wildlife that make our gardens all the more vibrant to spend time in.

Plan your Tree Work

Generally, having a professional tree surgeon carry out work on your trees in the winter months has the least impact on the all round health of the tree, deciduous trees especially are storing their energy in the dormant months and have more time to seal any wounds before the next dormant season come around. Then as summer approaches the tree will respond with more vigorous regrowth in the growing months. Importantly in winter, trees providing habitat for our local wildlife are free of nesting birds, with insect and mammal use significantly reduced.

Remove Ivy

Ivy wrapped trees provide the perfect nesting site for birds and roosting bats. We have a rule of thumb at Tree Services Ireland, “If the tree has ivy in it, then the tree will inevitably have nesting birds in it.” Removing or killing off the ivy months in advance of nesting season will ensure that your tree surgeon can work without encountering hidden nests or roosts. It is worth noting that Tree Surgeons are prohibited by law from disturbing nesting birds from the 1st of March until the 31st of August, again this falls under planning when it comes to managing your trees. Stopping the advancing ivy on your trees is easy, simply find the main ivy stem at the base of the tree you want work carried out on and cut sections out to stop the follow of energy to the rest of the creeping vine. Within a couple of months the ivy will have lost all it’s vigor and be less attractive to birds looking to nest in dense cover. Eventually the ivy will die back completely.

Install Bird and Bat Boxes

Putting appropriate nesting boxes and bat hotels around your garden provides alternative nesting opportunities in trees of your choosing. If you want these little creatures to seriously consider using these designated sites around your garden it is important to understand how to place a successful nesting box or bat hotel. This requires you to think like a little bird or bat and not like a human!!

Trees Providing Habitat Value

As mentioned above your trees provide incredible habitat for our native garden wildlife, even a dead or dying tree can provide important homes. Depending on proximity to your own home and if the situation and safety allows it, dead or dying trees can be made safe by your tree surgeon while retaining habitat value for wildlife in your gardens or properties. Best to consult your tree surgeon however for advice when considering this option.

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Also, ask your tree surgeon to pile some of the processed wood from your trees in a discreet area of your garden. This will encourage biodiversity as all kinds of mosses and lichens colonize the pile, bugs looking for shelter, food and nesting sites in your gardens favor wood piles like this as they begin to decompose. This in turn encourages more small mammal and bird activity.

With a bit of planning we can have best of both worlds, safe and healthy trees and an abundance of nature’s wonders in our gardens. Because lets face it, the presence of wildlife in our gardens is one of life little pleasures.

Trees provide all kinds of habitat for bats.



One Million Trees In One Day

Recently we volunteered our services in aid of the not-for-profit organisation One Million Trees In One Day,  distributing young native Irish trees to the people of Kilkenny and Tipperary. The Tree Services Ireland team braved the cold to help this excellent initiative prepare for a national tree planting day on the 11th February.

Although our role was a small one, the team were proud to be involved organising a few thousands native bare rooted trees to be delivered across the two counties . As Kilkenny’s local tree care company, pruning and removing trees is the foundation of our business. However, we understand the important role that trees have for our communities and we are always trying to find ways to encourage the public to believe deeply in planting trees. We wish to show the public that we are committed to promoting continuous forest cover and biodiversity across Ireland, this is one way we can show that support.

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One Million Trees in One Day is a charity, not-for-profit, cross-border, community and environmental initiative which aims to plant a million young native trees at many different sites across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in 24 hours.

The initiative run by the Forestry Foundation is in it’s 5th year, seeing over 650,000 native trees planted on over more than, 3,000 sites across our island. Here you can see a map of tree planted so far.

So who do One Million Trees in One Day work with?

One Million Trees In One Day work with farmers, smallholders, community groups, councils, schools, colleges and many other landowners this initiative encourages continuous forest cover practices, while directly supporting biodiversity in Ireland to coordinate sites to accommodate trees each season. Each year people with space can apply for native trees from the charity free of charge, which are then distributed before the planting day each February. One Million Tree in One Day is a bold investment in the future; one day of work for many centuries of positive returns.

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If you are interested in learning more about this life giving initiative please follow the links above, One Million Trees In One Day website is full of useful educational tree and forest information. We are also very happy to answer any question you may have regarding this project, so please get in contact.

“The Best Time to Plant A Tree Is 20 Years Ago. The Second Best Time Is Now”