Tree Cable Bracing West Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire

Cobra & Tree Cable Bracing in Horsham, West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire

Tree cable bracing is the most common form of structural support and is used to avoid structural damage to the tree. At Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd, we always suggest cable bracing in opposition to unfavourable/heavy pruning which may be unsightly or jeopardise the health of the tree.

Providing structural support for trees through cable bracing helps to prevent the chance of deterioration of a healthy tree. In contrast, for a mature tree in decline, it may increase its longevity and reduce overall hazard potential. For example, we would cable brace a healthy tree that may have v-shaped unions where two or more stems grow side by side, pushing them away from each other creating weakness and the potential to split apart. We would also use cable bracing on mature trees with heavy lateral limbs which may also risk snapping off at the unions.

In the past, cable bracing involved using an eyebolt at both ends of a cable, screwing the ends into each stem linking them together. We now consider this method bad practice as this creates a wound meaning in the future the wood around the eye could rot, causing the bracing to fail. Alternatively, over time the tree may swallow the eyebolt which could lead to rot or decay in the heartwood.

Now we use a polypropylene cable system which we loop around the stems and branches to avoid wounding the tree. We always install the bracing with a little slack or tolerance to allow for movement. We suggest monitoring the cable bracing at least every year to check the bracing has not become taught, as if this is the case it will need to be readjusted.

When installing cable bracing, many factors must be taken into consideration; these include but are not limited to:

  • Species of tree
  • Condition of the wood
  • The load which needs to be supported
  • The cause of the problem
  • The level of risk to life, property or the tree itself
  • How often will it need monitoring?

In some cases, tree cable bracing is an excellent alternative to removing a tree, but safety is always of paramount importance and should be carried out to BS3998 Standards.

Contact us Foremans Tree Specialists today if you feel your tree requires cable bracing; we will be more than happy to provide you with a free site visit to assess the tree and provide you with a quotation. We offer our expert tree cable bracing service in Horsham, CrawleyChichesterWest Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and throughout the South-East.



Oliver Foreman was excellent. He arrived on time every day, was polite and responsive to questions and requests for extra work while on site. He and the men who worked for him cleared away completely before leaving each day. Most importantly, the quality of the tree felling, hedge cutting,  general shrub and stump removal was first class. I cannot recommend Foremans Tree Specialists more highly.

Review from Katherine, GU27

Oliver and his team turned up on time worked hard all day in a small garden taking two 30ft conifers down. Clean tidy and very efficient highly recommend them.

Review from Robin, GU47

Excellent prompt response to my enquiry. Arrived to assess work at the exactly promised time, submitted quote within 24 hours. Work done on mutually agreed date and to our complete satisfaction. Would certainly use Oliver’s services again and can fully recommend them.

Review from Marilyn, GU24

Oliver and his colleague did an outstanding job on the silver birch in my back garden, it now has a good shape to it and now lets a lot more sunlight onto my lawn, which is just what I needed. They also removed the ivy which was slowly choking the tree.

Review from Richard, GU9

Did a fantastic job on my damson tree. Left it with a beautiful round shape and cut back some larger branches in a way that will ensure it will grow back into a lovely shape. Left garden clean and tidy. Nice guys. Will be using again.

Review from Donna, GU14

Super friendly and competent tree surgeon. I Will definitely use him again in future…he even left the garden tidier than when he arrived!

Review from David GU2

We got 3 quotes which were all very similar. We are very pleased with our choice. Most impressed with the work ethic, it was a big job with some very large trees to remove which took 3 days to complete. They were completely undeterred by the torrential rain on the second day, managed to Keep working and the job was finished on time. We will be using them again.

Review from Martin, GU47

Oliver and his team did an excellent job of felling a large leylandii tree from my garden. His price was very competitive, he was quick to answer questions by email, and turned up to do the job promptly. The tree was taken down in sections over two days, all the waste material was removed and the guys did a thorough job of cleaning the site afterwards. Highly recommended.

Review from Robert, TW12, Your Content Goes Here

Really nice guy, would definitely recommend and use again.

Review from Charlie, GU7

Oliver made an excellent job of cutting our tree. He was very knowledgeable and I was very confident he knew what he was doing. I cannot wait to see how the tree responds to this trim in the spring! There were a lot of cuttings to dispose of and he even “hoovered” the lawn afterwards! A very tidy job well priced, and would definitely use him again.

Review from Alison, GU2

Excellent job, very knowledgeable, skilful and helpful. Was prepared to wait for the right season to work, according to the trees we were dealing with. Punctual, tidy & efficient. Would have no hesitation in asking them back for further work and have already recommended to neighbours! Thanks :)

Review from Lesley TW14

All you need, quotes an acceptable price, turns up on time, does a great job and clears up both my garden and my neighbours. Many thanks for a job well done. Will certainly retain your number.

Review from Alex, GU15

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