Company provides a new look on old trees

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Professionals in the cultivation, management and study of trees have been filmed demonstrating new pruning techniques on some of the oldest trees in the country.

Professionals in the cultivation, management and study of trees have been filmed demonstrating new pruning techniques on some of the oldest trees in the country.

The work of the experts from Bury St Edmunds based Urban Forestry will be used as a training aid across Europe.

Company director Reg Harris said: “We are really proud and flattered to be involved with the Vetree filming project, and it is a culmination of 10 years work, during which we have been helping develop specialist pruning techniques, based around some of the oldest trees in the UK.”

The company was filmed working in sites including Aspal Close Nature Reserve, Beck Row, one of the best sites in East Anglia for veteran trees.

Many of the trees would formally have been regularly ‘pollarded’. A process which died out more than 100 years ago and involved the tops of branches been cut off.

The end of the practice has led to some of the branches becoming too large for the points they are attached to.

Therefore new techniques have been needed to gradually reduce crowns over an extended period of time.

Experiments conducted by teams have included removing branches with explosives.

Mr Harris said: “I’m really proud of all the people from Urban Forestry who have been involved with the training courses and DVD and would like to say thank you to all of them, for all their continued dedication and skill.”