Cedar removal in Ealing – London tree care

On Wednesday 3rd July,  Tom Boswell Tree Services, specialists in London tree care dispatched the Red team, consisting of Callum, Gary, John and Freddie. You may be wondering why the red team was needed? Well within the London borough of Ealing a big Cedar tree had several large limbs which our client,  Grenville, was concerned about. Leaving the tree could have caused serious damage. Therefore, on balance it was the right call to safely remove the tree.
Callum and the team carefully lowered the tree to the ground and chipped the branches. Our job was made much easier by Grenville as they took some time out to protect a near by small Oak tree. Constructing a wooden shelter to keep it safe. Which you can see in the picture below. We will have to speak with Grenville about buying / borrowing this from him in the future!
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The lower trunk section of the tree was felled in one go, in the hope we can shape a bench out of it in the future. Woodcarving is something we are looking to be more active in this year. If anyone knows any wood carvers out there please send them our way so we can have look at options of recycling more tree trunks into benches, tables and chairs – mushrooms are so last season….
Thanks to Grenville for looking after the guys so well and let’s hope the little Oak will enjoy the improved space!
Tom and all the team – Specialists in London Tree Care
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Tree Surgeons London | New Youtube Account & Video

New Youtube Account & Video | Tom Boswell | Tree Surgeons London

Tom Boswell Tree Surgeons London has a new YouTube account and video we would like to share with you all. On the channel we will upload videos of what we get up to more on a daily basis.

In this video, you can see our highly skilled team remove a tree in London. We’re equipped with the skills and tools to do this safely. Several members of the team hold the NPTC Aerial Tree Rigging (CS41)

Our kit is regularly tested by Charles (LOLER qualified inspector) and renewed if necessary to make sure we improve our working methods and maintain best practice.

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Tree Surgeon London: Beehive in Ealing?

Tree Surgeon London | Beehive in Ealing?

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As a Tree Surgeon in London it’s not everyday we need our friends at the beekeepers association to remove a Beehive for a client. During last month (May) we had a flying visit from Ealing beekeepers association to remove a bee hive from a clients garden.

Not to worry, nobody was stung, especially not the client after our competitive price. Trees and shrubs pruned in the back then we buzzed the branches through our chipper and winged it to the next job.

Just a another day at Tom Boswell Tree Services.

So, are you looking for a tree surgeon? Contact us and get a free quote!

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Tree Surgeon Near Me: The Challenges of Tree Work in Spring

Tree Surgeon Near Me: The Challenges of Tree Work in Spring

Tree Surgeon Near Me The Challenges of Tree Work in Spring

The jobs might get shuffled around during this time of year but it’s a small price to pay in the wider scheme of things. We at Tom Boswell Tree Services, check cavities in trees with great care this time of year. Good thing we did in this tree, since this woodpecker was peacefully living inside!

Woodpeckers tap on tree trunks in order to find insects living in the bark, they also do this to excavate nest cavities. These birds originally eat insects,fruit,acorns and nuts. They are a global creature that are found particularly in wooded areas.

The only places on earth that does not have woodpeckers are Australia and New Zealand. Both male and female woodpeckers help each other to excavate in a tree to incubate (sit on) eggs for two weeks. When the eggs hatch, the woodpeckers are blind and featherless. The new woodpeckers usually leave the nest after 25-30 days.

So, are you looking for a tree surgeon? Contact us and get a free quote!

For more on Woodpeckers, click here.

Chiswick – Giant Japanese Maple

Chiswick – Giant Japanese Maple!




Sam and James did a marvellous job on one of the biggest Japanese Maples we’ve seen, in Chiswick, London. Sam had pruned this Maple 3 years ago but judging by the regrowth and vitality of the tree it was certainly planted in a happy place.

It’s always satisfying to get continuity in caring for trees and it was great Sam had the opportunity to return to this Maple.

Japanese Maples are usually small trees that flower in early to mid spring. Most of them grow very slowly. They are perfect in a smaller garden or grown in big containers. Japanese Maples can attain the height of 8-9 meters in fifty years depending on cultivar. These types of tress should be planted in the Autumn and kept in a sheltered area with some sun exposure. They are very easy to maintain, a perfect plant to have in your garden, by your front door or even inside providing it is getting enough light and water.

The perfect type of soil to grow a Japanese Maple tree is moderately acidic, sandy and well drained. These trees will not indulge wet, dry or alkaline conditions. These trees are perfect for growing in a small and compact space, because they tend to have fibrous roots which ensures they are not too crowded.

For more info on Japanese Maple Tree’s, Click Here!

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Richmond – Re Shaping a Bay Tree

Richmond – Re Shaping a Bay Tree

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Tree Surgery in Richmond, London.

One of our clients has this established Bay tree growing next to the pathway in their back garden in Richmond. Tom Boswell Tree Services re-shaped the tree and pruned it to give it an elegant and sleek look.

A Bay tree is a very popular evergreen shrub that is suitable to grow in either a container or in the ground.  It’s leaves can be used for cooking (fresh or dried) to give an extra flavour and fragrance to things like stews, soups and other cooked dishes.

Its common names are Bay Tree, Bay Laurel and Sweet Bay and it flowers in the Spring. A Bay tree can grow up to a maximum of 7.5m (unclipped). It needs a fair amount of sun exposure and partial shade. It can survive in lower temperatures to as low as -5C so long as it is sheltered. Bay is hardier when planted in the ground. It is very easy to maintain and looks perfect for an entrance into your garden or home.

Are you looking for tree surgery and pruning? Find out about our tree surgery and pruning services.

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Tree of Heaven Removal

This very large  Tree of Heaven, growing in Chiswick, West London, had to be removed as it was too close to the neighbouring buildings and properties.

It is always sad day for us tree loving folk to remove such a large tree, but often there is no other choice.

See our blog on Tree Planting and Choice for more information on this topic.

This species of tree is native to the rain forests of India and is notorious for very brittle timber and shedding of large limbs. It grows very quickly, with a mature size often too large for most London gardens. It prolifically self-seeds as well with hundreds of saplings arisings from a parent tree. In certain areas they can be classed as an invasive species and are typically classed as high maintenance trees often requiring intervention from a tree surgeon on a regular basis in order to keep them maintained and suitable for their location. Especially in built up urban areas!

Given the location and size of the tree, this was a particularly challenging and demanding operation which took our qualified and experienced team two days to complete.

Advanced aerial tree rigging techniques were required in order to ensure a safe, controlled dismantling process to minimise disruption to the surrounding areas. See our Tree Removal page for more information.

This involved the use of specialist rigging ropes attached to the sections being removed, secured to the tree using slings, carabiners and friction saving pulleys. The cut sections were safely and smoothly lowered to the ground by the groundsman using a friction management device known as a bollard.

Once safely on the floor, the cut sections were processed and loaded onto our trucks to be carted off site.

One of the requirements of the job was to remove the stump and extensive surface root system.

For this job we opted for the use of a large, hydraulically operated stump grinder to ensure we ground down to the required depth so that the area could be put to better use in the future. This also helped in significantly lowering vibration levels felt by the machine operator, compared to smaller manually operated machines and greatly improved the efficiency of the task.







New payment facilities

We’re very pleased to announce that we can now take payment by credit or debit card over the phone as an alternative to a bank transfer or cheque.

You’ll see the Mastercard and Visa logos on our website – when you receive your invoice you can now choose to call Jane in the office and she will be happy to take a payment over the phone.

Your privacy and security is very important to us so we guarantee that your card details will not be stored, and there is no additional charge for paying by card.

We’ll still take payment by bank transfer or by cheque from those that prefer these methods but we hope that giving our clients more choice will make the process easier for all involved.

Tom, Charles and the team



Tree Planting and Choice

One of the first and most valuable bits of information I came upon when starting in the industry was to Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place and at the Right Time.

This has stayed with me and is now more apparent than ever. So much of what we do as arborists is managing trees that were planted without the realisation of how big they would eventually become. Or the impact they would have on their surroundings, especially when planted close to built structures or in a small London back garden where space and light are vitally Important.

With proper thought and planning, the correct species or variety of tree could make all the difference between something that is admired and appreciated by all to a tree that causes repeated issues and eventually suffers the axe or is pruned to harshly. Certain species respond better to crown reductions and pruning works than others, so with some thought it is entirely possible to have larger trees in our landscapes that still contribute to the amenity of the area and still look like trees, rather than the ‘hat-stands’ we often see around London.

The large variety of trees available to us really do give plenty of options to select the correct tree for the location and to tick the boxes of what is required.

Magnolia Grandiflora Tree

If you are after evergreen foliage, Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’ is a great example of a smaller variety of a normally much larger tree and grows to about 25-30ft in the landscape.

A fantastic native tree is Crataegus monogyna ‘Alba Plena’ with stunning double white flowers and an eventual height of around 20ft.

Crataegus laevigata 'Rosea Flore Pleno'

Pleached trees are all the fashion at the moment as they take up very little space and can offer instant screening due to their well trained and narrow profiles. Species such as Hornbeams or Beech are well suited to this and native as well.

The time of year is crucially important to give new plantings the best start. Often a tree planted in the mid-summer can experience scorch or drought stress and this can really have an impact on the trees health and eventual lifespan. The ideal planting season in the UK is November to March. But with careful thought, species selection and site preparation this can be extended.

If you are looking to do some planting works in your garden or have any projects you would like to discuss with us, please give us a call on 020 7183 5611.


We’ve started a Blog!!!!!

2018 is going to be a big year at Tom Boswell Tree Services and we are going to tell you all about it. Charles, Sarah and Tom will keep you updated with all our Company news, industry developments and also some lighter aspects of our job.

We had some big changes in 2017, new features to our website, more teams, better systems and procedures, new vehicles and renewed focus on our existing clients’ and their needs coupled with plans to expand the business yet further.

Visit our new Career page if you wish to find out information on how you can become part of our team.

We’ll update the blog entries monthly so you can see what we’ve been doing as well as following us on Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks for all your support to date,

Tom and the team