Pollarding is begun at a young age and involves the removal of the entire canopy at regular intervals leaving only the stem/frame of the tree remaining. Pollarding should only be carried out as part of a pruning programme as re-pollarding is needed at least every 5 years.
Pollarding is only suited to certain species of trees. Pollarding an unsuitable species or Pollarding at the wrong time of year can have devastating effects on both the health and safety of the tree in question.
Other Pruning options
If Pollarding isn’t what your looking for then here are some other pruning options.
The trees below are evidence of the consequences of indiscriminate pollarding (by another contractor). This particular species is not suitable, pruning cuts are bad and they were possibly pollarded at the wrong time of year. The end result is dead/dangerous trees which need removal. The tree owner was unhappy with how the trees were looking so called us for advice. Sadly the trees had to come down.