Tree felling is a process of cutting down trees individually. A person who cuts down the tree is known as a tree feller.
Many trees are protected by a tree a preservation order, which means that in general, you will need permission from the council to prune or fell them. Certain trees have controls in conservation areas. You can find out more by heading over to www.gov.uk there is advice on there about the rules and regulations on tree felling.
Disputes between neighbours are often caused by tree felling, sometimes if a tree is blocking light or is in the way in a garden it can lead to problems, by law you are not allowed to force your neighbour to cut down a tree and you cannot go on to your neighbour’s property and cut down the tree yourself. If you do enter into your neighbour’s property and harm the tree you could be liable for double or even triple the value of the tree.
Tree felling can be used if the tree is diseased or damaged, and is behind help and cannot be saved, or if it is a safety issue like a risk to a property. You may also need to use tree felling to cut down a healthy tree to use it to make furniture and other woodwork. Whatever the reason for the tree felling it is essential you get in a professional who knows the correct tree felling techniques.
The forestry commission is the relevant authority in England and Scotland. If you are carrying out tree felling you will need a felling licence, this would be issued by your local forestry commission officer who would probably meet you to discuss it.
There are two main methods involved in tree felling. Hand felling is when a tree is cut down using an axe or chain saw. A feller buncher is a motorized vehicle with an attachment which rapidly cuts and gathers trees in the process of felling them. There are also two types of cuts in tree felling an undercut (a standard undercut and a reverse undercut) and a back cut) this cut is made on the opposite side of the tree).