Commercial and Residential Tree Surgery in Horsham


Are you on the hunt for a fully insured, qualified and trusted local tree surgeon? Well look no further, Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd tick all of those boxes and much, much more.


There may be many Horsham tree surgeons to choose from. Still, Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd take pride in providing unmatched customer service driven tree surgeon services to commercial and domestic clients throughout Horsham, West Sussex and the surrounding areas, including East Grinstead, Midhurst, Crawley, Chichester, Reigate and Dorking.


Our fully insured NPTC qualified arborists have been trained in the latest tree surgery techniques, have many years of experience in arboriculture and undertake a comprehensive selection of tree-related tasks on a day to day basis. From tree pruning to hedge trimming and stump grinding to tree removal, we have the skill and equipment to tackle all jobs, large or small.


We always deliver the highest quality of work, following BS3998:2010 British Standard guidelines, and aim to provide the most reliable and cost-effective solutions for every customer.


We're also Surrey Trading Standards approved and have a strong reputation online with countless reviews across Google Business, Checkatrade, Yell and Rated People to name just a few.


Tree Felling In Horsham and Horsham Tree Removal Service

Do you require a tree felling in Horsham or our total Horsham tree removal service? Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd makes use of the most up-to-date sectional and straight felling methods to remove unwanted trees both safely and with as little disruption as possible.

Tree Pruning and Crown Reductions in Horsham

Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd provide expert tree pruning and crown reduction services in Horsham to BS3998 specifications. Tree pruning is a delicate task and must be completed correctly to ensure the longevity of the tree.

Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd's experienced tree surgeons have numerous pruning techniques in their repertoire to help you reach your desired tree surgery objective. You'll be please to know they are by no means exclusive, and we commonly use a combination of techniques to complement each other. For example; we often pair a crown reduction, with crown cleaning and a crown-raise.

It is a general industry rule to avoid, when pruning, removing over 30% of the crown. Removal of more than 30% may harm the health of the tree and could jeopardise its safety. Poor or over-pruning, e.g. topping, upsets the natural structure of the tree and often results in expedited re-growth. 

We will now identify and describe some standard pruning methods utilised by Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd and, also highlight some poor actions to evade.

Crown Reduction In Horsham

A crown reduction in Horsham requires reducing the crown volume while maintaining the fundamental shape for the species of tree. The essential criteria for a top-quality crown reduction are:

• Pruning cuts must continue a natural flowing branch-line.

• Make pruning cuts at natural growth points to reduce the amount of potential decay from the wound. will also minimise sprouting re-growth from dormant buds around the cut.

• The lateral branch retained should be one third the size of the removed branch; this should keep adequate foliage to sustain the energy requirements of the tree. Following this rule will ensure the surviving branch continues to grow at a consistent rate, meaning there will be little to no accelerated re-growth.

Tree Pollarding In Horsham

The procedure of tree pollarding in Horsham is the most rigorous tree pruning technique and should ideally be started when a tree is very young. The solution to a prosperous pollard is to remove any re-growth regularly, say everyone, for two or three years, depending on the tree species. Routine maintenance on a pollarded tree is critical as the re-growth will develop weak unions (forks/attachment points), which means if it's left to grow, there will be an increased risk of failure.

Although many see tree pollarding as extreme, there can be many genuine benefits for choosing this method of pruning. Generally, pollarding is adopted to maintain the tree at a uniform size, but there are also many other benefits that we will identify below:

  • Reduction in the shade cast by the tree
  • Increases air circulation through the tree, therefore reducing the risk of a sail effect
  • Shapes the tree for aesthetics 
  • Can prevent the tree from damaging or contacting telephone lines, power lines or street furniture.

Crown Raising/Crown Lifting Horsham

Crown raising or crown lifting a tree in Horsham requires removing lower branches to a specified height, most commonly measured from the ground. We often use crown raising to let more light into a property/area or to permit vehicles/pedestrians to pass more freely underneath.

Crown Thinning In Horsham

The method of crown thinning in Horsham reduces the crown's density without diminishing its size overall. Crown thinning requires removing secondary growth to encourage a healthier, more consistent spread foliage. We principally only thin the crowns of broadleaved trees, as opposed to evergreens and the benefits of crown thinning include:

  • Improvement of aesthetics and structure
  • Reduced crown density and weight and this results in a reduction in wind resistance and potential sail effect
  • Increased light able to penetrate through the crown  

Deadwooding & Crown Cleaning Horsham

When cleaning a tree crown in Horsham, our dedicated tree surgeons meticulously remove any crossing, dead, dying, diseased or dangerous limbs and can also remove any epicormic growth, climbing plants, foreign objects. We dead wood and crown clean for both aesthetic and safety reasons. 

Poor Pruning Practice - "Topping in Horsham" 

Commonly mistaken for 'pollarding' or 'reductions', 'topping' is a harmful pruning technique that is damaging to the safety and health of the tree. Topping beyond growth points stimulates decay and in turn, disease while also creating a disturbance in the trees sensitive energy system.

If the trauma of topping a tree in Horsham doesn't kill it entirely, topping will cause it to produce excessive shoots or epicormic growth from the location of the cuts. These shoots will grow at a rapid rate to replace any lost foliage and they often quickly develop into branches that reach out beyond the distance of the first crown. The accelerated re-growth of branches negates the desired aim of reducing the crown span or size. Also, the poor pruning technique of topping will encourage pockets of decay that can deepen and leave the tree susceptible to disease.

Tree Pollarding in Horsham

Pollarding is the most extreme version of pruning and should only be used in certain circumstances and on specific species of tree. Our knowledgable arborists can assess your tree and advise you if pollarding is suitable or not.

Horsham Tree Stump Removal

Tree Stumps can not only be very unsightly but also pose and a real trip hazard. We provide a professional stump grinding service using high-tech and heavy-duty equipment which makes light work of the task while minimising damage to your lawn.

Emergency Tree Work in Horsham

The most common causes of tree failure are poor maintenance, storms and bad weather. They can bring down even the biggest of trees, damaging buildings or surrounding property and blocking vital access. If a fallen tree is causing you problems, don't fret, call Foremans Tree Specialist, and we'll make the situation safe and clear the tree ASAP. Our emergency tree response team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Ivy Removal in Horsham

When well-maintained, ivy and creeper is an impressive feature to your home, but when left unmanaged it may damage your property. Woodwork, render, and brickwork can all be affected, and you may end up footing the bill to repair it. We provide expert ivy, creeper and climber removal and maintenance services for clients in Horsham and surrounding areas.

Hedge Trimming in Horsham

Are your hedges in need of a haircut? We're experienced and equipped to tackle any hedge big or small. Our expert tree surgeons can tidy, cut and re-shape them up to your exact requirements, whether you have hedgerows, box hedges or conifers contact us today, and we'll have your garden looking great again.

Tree Planting in Horsham

Are you thinking about planting a new tree in your garden or relocating an existing one? Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd have planted numerous trees on properties all around Horsham, and have vast knowledge in the best aftercare practices. We can source the best specimens, let you know the most appropriate planting locations, and even plant them on your behalf. Relocating an existing tree may also possible, but the roots must still be young and unestablished.

If you require any of the tree surgeon services mentioned above or you have any further questions, Contact Us today, and we'll be more than happy to assist.


The price of hiring a tree surgeon in Horsham, West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire can vary widely. There are many factors which determine the cost of hiring a tree surgeon but generally speaking it will be dependent on the size and specification of the job, the quality of workmanship and the operating costs of the contractor. With that in mind, Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd's goal is to provide affordable tree surgery, at the most competitive price without sacrificing on the quality of work. Many self proclaimed "tree surgeons" or rogue traders can offer tree services at a lower cost, but this is usually because they don't have the relevant qualifications, training or insurance required. Rogue contractors may also present a lower price if they plan to take risks concerning health and safety or compromise on the quality of work.

The pricing of tree work is a complicated matter. Yet, we have put together a simple guideline of how we calculate the costs and how much we charge for our tree removal/tree felling, tree stump removal and hedge trimming services. Although please remember that each job is unique and as a result, will have its own set of considerations which will be reflected in the total cost.

How much is the cost of removing a tree in Horsham, West Sussex, Surrey or Hampshire?

Unfortunately, there is no absolute or straightforward answer as to how much it may cost for tree removal in West Sussex, Surrey or Hampshire. We understand this may be frustrating as it is probably the most critical question which needs answering when you have a tree you need removing. In terms of money, the cost of tree removal is dependent on multiple factors, which we outline below. For example, a small, straightforward tree removal starts at around £100+VAT, whereas a large tree in an awkward location may cost upwards of £5000+VAT.

How Tall or Large is the Tree?

Fundamentally speaking, the bigger the tree, the more time it will take and therefore, the more costly the job will be. If the tree is incredibly tall or particularly widespread, the climber will require more time to access the various sections of the canopy. The tree removal will also require additional time care and caution as the dismantled sections will have further to fall and be more significant in size.

Do sections of the tree overhang any property or buildings?

If sections of the tree overhang any property or buildings, we will have to perform added measures, to help prevent anything from getting damaged. For instance, we may have to lower branches using ropes and rigging techniques as opposed to letting them free fall, or we may have to prepare the ground with protection mats. These additional measures all take time to implement and therefore, will impact the price of the tree removal.

Is the tree easily accessible?

In a perfect world, we like to position our truck and chipper as near to the tree as we can. Parking close to the tree minimises the distance we have to transport the dismantled tree, logs, branches etc., and it rapidly speeds up the removal process. Unfortunately, in the built-up areas of Horsham, West Sussex and Surrey, rarely get our machinery close to the tree, meaning we often have to move the dismantled sections some distance. The awkwardness of the access and distance to the truck will impact the price considerably.

While removing the tree, will there be any risk to the public?

If the tree is near a path/road, we may need to obtain permission to close the path or have to implement traffic management. As you might expect, there will be additional costs to facilitate traffic management and path closures.

Will you remove and dispose of the waste and debris generated from the tree removal?

Similar to the trees, the waste generated from the removal can take up a considerable amount of room. With that in mind, it's most commonly the case that our clients ask us to remove all the arisings from the site. Disposal of green waste comes at a cost to ourselves, and we will need to account for this in the pricing. Alternatively, we are happy to leave any branches, chippings or cordwood you may have a use for, and we may be able to offer a discount as a result. 

Why can't I borrow a chainsaw and fell the tree myself?

Do it yourself tree surgery is something we would most definitely advise against doing. Without suitable training and PPE, using a chainsaw alone is dangerous enough, that partnered with felling an unpredictable tree is a recipe for disaster. Our advice would be to leave it to the professionals, save yourself time, stress and the risk of injury. Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd's arborists have a wealth of experience felling trees of all shapes and sizes, plus we've had all the necessary training to minimise risk to property or persons alike. We also have £10 million public and £10 million employers liability insurance, giving you the peace of mind we have protection for every eventuality.

If you need a tree felling or tree removal in Horsham, Crawley, Chichester, West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire or across the South East UK, contact a member of the team today to discuss your requirements.

How much does it cost for tree stump removal in Horsham, West Sussex, Surrey or Hampshire?

As with calculating the cost for tree removal, the price for the removal of a tree stump is dependent on numerous factors. In contrast, there are significantly fewer variables to consider, meaning the pricing structure is much easier to understand.

If you need a tree stump removing, there are fundamentally two viable options. 

The first option is to dig the stump up by hand or through the use of an excavator. Be warned, to manually dig up and remove a stump is hugely labour intensive and just not practical for even medium-sized stumps. With both methods of digging up a tree stump, either mechanically or by hand, there is a high possibility of causing damage to the surrounding ground and or any structures. The extensive root networks are often widespread and cause damage to the surrounding area when pried from the ground.

The second option and by far, the most sensible choice is stump grinding, through the use of a high tech stump grinder. A stump grinder is a powerful and precise piece of machinery that uses multiple teeth fixed to a rotating flywheel to break down the stump into small pieces. Over a few weeks, these little pieces rot down until the stump has entirely disappeared. If operated correctly, using a stump grinder is far more accurate than any other method, so the stump is removed in a more tidy manner with less risk of damage or disturbance.

Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd have successfully removed countless stumps in Horsham, Crawley, West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and across the south-east. With our diverse fleet of stump grinders and experienced operators, we can grind pretty much any stump in any location. Contact us today for a free no-obligation stump grinding quotation. 

What is the average cost for stump grinding in Horsham, West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire?

We will now look at the key factors affecting the price of stump grinding:

How big is the tree stump, and what does the diameter measure?

As a rule of thumb, the bigger the tree stump, the higher the price. Larger stumps will require more time as the stump grinder will need to grind an increased amount of material. Generally, we would use a more powerful grinder to speed up the process, but these grinders are more expensive and have higher running costs. With that said, small tree stumps won't cost as much, as the grinder will need to remove less material. If pricing merely using the diameter of the stump, we charge from £10 per inch (+VAT). 

*Please bear in mind that is a rough guide price, and there may be a minimum call-out charge.

What is the species of tree and how extensive is the root system?

The span and depth of the root system will depend on the species of tree. Certain species have short and shallow roots whereas other roots are widespread and deep or any combination of deep, shallow, short or wide. When pricing for grinding a tree stump, we only allow for the grinding of the buttress (main body) and primary lateral roots to a depth of 250mm. We are happy to grind other secondary roots and to a deeper depth if safe and required but this will be at an additional cost and we must agree on this at the consultation stage.

Stumps with widespread or deep roots will take significantly longer to grind out, and as expected, this results in a higher price.

We must also consider that the density of the wood can vary from species to species. Some species of tree such as conifers are softwood and some such as apple trees are hardwood. Hardwood tree stumps take more time to grind and therefore this will also impact the price of the stump removal.

Where is the stump located, and is it easily accessed?

The location of the stump will have a significant effect on the cost of stump removal. Access difficulties are more obvious to account for although we will also need to consider the ground topography, bedrock level and if there are any ground contaminants, utilities or nearby property that could get damaged. If the ground is uneven, there may a risk of the grinder toppling over, and excessive rock or contaminants such as concrete are present this causes damage to the stump grinding teeth which will slow down the removal process.

We will also require more time if there are nearby utilities or the stumps are in proximity to any property, fences, walls, greenhouses etc.

Do you require one stump or multiple stumps removing?

If you require multiple stumps grinding at the same location on the same day, we can offer very competitive discounts. Contact us today for more information.

I've seen I can hire a stump grinder, can I not just grind it myself?

You can hire stump grinders from many tool hire shops in West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire yet we wouldn't suggest hiring one with proper operator training. In the wrong hands, stump grinders can be very dangerous, and if operated incorrectly, can cause serious damage to property or severe injury to yourself or the public. 

Operating a stump grinder efficiently also takes, practice, skill and experience, so why not leave the hard work to us? We guarantee it will save you time, energy and risk of damage to property or persons.

Contact Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd today, and we'll be happy to provide you with a free quotation and professional stump removal advice. We offer stump grinding in Horsham, Crawley, Billingshurst, West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire wide and more broadly across the south-east. 

How much does it cost for hedge trimming in Horsham, West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire?

Many factors can affect the cost of hedge trimming, so, unfortunately, similar to tree removal and stump grinding, there is no definitive cost for hedge cutting. Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd have been providing hedge cutting quotes and hedge trimming services for years, so when it comes to factoring in these considerations, we do it autonomously.

We appreciate not all considerations will be apparent to the public so to help you understand our pricing process, we will discuss some of these below.

How big is the hedge that you require cutting?

When calculating a cost for hedge trimming, probably the most important and evident factor to consider is its size, the greater the size of the hedge, the larger the surface area that will require trimming and the more material that will need disposing of responsibly.

If you have an incredibly extensive or tall hedge, a climber with a rope and harness or a MEWP (cherry picker) may be required to trim it safely, both of which will have increased associated cost attached.

Is your hedge easily accessible?

Another vital consideration to make is the location of your hedge, obstacles and obstructions slow down the hedge trimming process, and we need to account for these in the price. The usual suspects are impediments such as greenhouses, sheds, ponds and garden ornaments, all of which must be avoided or moved beforehand, slowing down the process of trimming. Examples of obstructions include slopes, tight corners, pinch points and limited access which hinders our ability to remove the cuttings from your property. Likewise, if the location of the hedge is in the rear garden, the hedge trimmings will be further from our truck, which will increase time, therefore the cost.

Can you give me a rough idea of how much it will cost to trim my hedge?

As we mentioned previously, there is no average price for hedge trimming, so each project will need to be individually priced. However, to give you an idea, Foremans Tree Specialists usually charge our professional hedge cutting services at £90 per hour +VAT for a team of two tree surgeons. If the hedge needs climbing, then our prices increase to £120 per hour +VAT, and if it requires the use of a Cherry Picker (MEWP) a minimum of £350 +VAT will be added.  

I've got a set of hedge trimmers, could I not just trim the hedge myself?

If your hedge is large or tall, we recommend you seek the assistance of a trained professional. There are many instances of people getting injured attempting DIY tree surgery and hedge trimming the most common being falls from ladders. We have the equipment and expertise needed to cut even the tallest of hedgerows, both safely and efficiently. Indeed, if you have a small hedge, you can always give it a go yourself but if you're looking for a high-quality finish with no sweat or stress, give us a call, and we'll happily tackle it for you.

We offer professional and insured hedge cutting in Horsham, Crawley, Chichester, West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and across the southeast.

Contact us today for a free hedge trimming quotation.