Introduction: Storms can wreak havoc on trees, damaging them and posing potential risks to property and safety. When dealing with a storm-damaged tree, choosing the right approach for safe and effective removal is essential. In this case study, Wymondham Tree Surgeons shares the story of a challenging storm-damaged tree and how sectional dismantling was the key to its safe and efficient removal.
The Challenge: A Storm-Damaged Giant
Our team recently received a call from a concerned homeowner with a massive oak tree in their backyard. The tree had been severely damaged during a recent storm, with several large limbs hanging precariously over their property and neighbouring structures. The situation was dangerous, and immediate action was needed to address the threat.
Assessment and Planning
Upon arrival at the site, our team thoroughly assessed the tree’s condition. The tree showed signs of extensive damage, including split limbs, cracked branches, and a compromised trunk. It was evident that the tree needed to be removed to ensure the property’s and its occupants’ safety.
Given the tree’s size and proximity to structures, a traditional fell-and-remove approach was ruled out due to the potential risks involved. Instead, we opted for sectional dismantling, which involves carefully removing the tree into smaller, controlled sections to minimise risks and damage.
Sectional Dismantling Process
- Safety Measures: Our top priority was our team’s and the property’s safety. We set up safety barriers and ensured that everyone involved in the operation wore appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Rigging and Equipment: We employed specialised rigging equipment, including ropes, harnesses, and pulleys, to control the descent of tree sections safely.
- Selective Limb Removal: We began by selectively removing damaged limbs from the top of the tree. Each limb was carefully lowered to the ground using the rigging system to avoid damage to the surrounding area.
- Gradual Trunk Removal: After removing the damaged limbs, we continued by taking down the trunk in manageable sections. The rigging system allowed us to control each section’s descent precisely, avoiding any impact on structures or landscaping.
- Stump Removal: Once the tree had been safely dismantled, we removed the remaining stump and conducted site cleanup to leave the area free from debris.
Conclusion: The sectional dismantling approach allowed us to safely and efficiently remove the storm-damaged oak tree without causing any damage to the property or neighbouring structures. This method is particularly useful when dealing with large or compromised trees in confined spaces, where traditional felling methods are impractical.