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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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