Tree Surgeon Horsham, West Sussex

Tree Surgeons In Horsham

At Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd, we provide qualified, fully insured & reliable tree surgeons in Horsham, West Sussex and the surrounding areas, including East Grinstead, Midhurst, Crawley, Chichester, Reigate and Dorking. However, more broadly, we also provide tree surgeons in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, and South-East.

A Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd tree surgeon felling a tree in Horsham

Our 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, Yell and Rated People, to name just a few.

Tree Felling In Horsham and Horsham Tree Removal Service

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

A Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd tree surgeon straight felling a tree in Horsham

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 pleased to know they are not 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 tree’s health and could jeopardise its safety. Poor or over-pruning, e.g. topping, upsets the tree’s natural structure and often results in expedited re-growth. 

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

Crown Reductions 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 naturally flowing branch line.

• Make pruning cuts at natural growth points to reduce the amount of potential decay from the wound. It 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.

A tree pruned in Horsham by Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd

Tree Pollarding 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 to 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 
  • It can prevent the tree from damaging or contacting telephone lines, power cables, 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 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 of 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 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 or foreign objects. We deadwood and crown clean for both aesthetic and safety reasons. 

Poor Pruning Practice – “Lopping & Topping in Horsham” 

Commonly mistaken for ‘pollarding’ or ‘reductions’, ‘lopping’ or ‘topping’ is a harmful pruning technique damaging the tree’s safety and health. Topping beyond growth points stimulates decay and, in turn, disease while also creating a disturbance in the tree’s 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.

Horsham Tree Stump Removal

Tree Stumps can be very unsightly and pose a real trip hazard. We provide professional stump grinding in Horsham, West Sussex, using high-tech and heavy-duty equipment, which makes light work of the task while minimising damage to your lawn.

Emergency Tree Surgeon Horsham

The most common causes of tree failure are poor maintenance, storms and bad weather. They can bring down even the biggest 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 Horsham

When well-maintained, ivy and creeper are an impressive feature of 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 Horsham

Are your hedges in need of a haircut? We’re experienced and equipped to tackle any hedge, big or small. Our reliable tree surgeons can tidy, cut and re-shape them 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 Horsham

Are you thinking about planting a new tree in your garden or relocating an existing one? Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd has planted numerous trees on properties around Horsham and has a vast knowledge of 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 be possible, but the roots must still be young and unestablished.

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

Landscape Gardener Services

For insured and professional Landscape Gardeners Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex, and Southeast England-wide, we prompt you to contact our experienced landscapers at Surrey Landscape Gardeners.

This friendly and experienced team of landscaping specialists have all the skills required to deliver a superior variety of services, including fencing, concreting, tarmacking, garden walls, concrete bases, driveway landscaping, garden steps, block paving, patio laying, paths, artificial grass installation, brickwork, turfing, garden pond construction and decking.

Contact the team at Surrey Landscape Gardeners to discuss your requirements and arrange a free, no-obligation quotation.

Surrey Tree Surgeon Services

If you’re looking for local tree surgeons in Surrey, don’t hesitate to contact our Surrey-based subsidiary Guildford Tree Surgeons. You can speak with a team member using their contact page or by calling 01483 910361.


The price of hiring a tree surgeon in Horsham, West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire can vary widely. Many factors determine the cost of hiring a tree surgeon, but generally speaking, it will depend on the size and specification of the job, the quality of workmanship and the contractor’s operating costs. With that in mind, Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd’s goal is to provide affordable tree surgery at the most competitive price without sacrificing 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 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 does removing a tree in Horsham, West Sussex, Surrey or Hampshire cost?

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 to remove. In terms of money, the tree removal cost depends 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 be large and have to be lowered further.

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 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 near the tree. 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, we 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 permission to close the path or implement traffic management. As you might expect, additional costs will be to facilitate traffic management and path closures.

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

Like the trees, the waste generated from their removal can take up considerable 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, and that, partnered with felling an unpredictable tree, is a recipe for disaster. Our advice would be to leave it to the professionals and 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 of tree removal, the price of removing a tree stump depends on numerous factors. In contrast, there are significantly fewer variables to consider, meaning the pricing structure is much easier to understand.

If you require stump removal, 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 that manually digging up and removing a stump is hugely labour-intensive and impractical 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 tidily 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 southeast. 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 by the diameter of the stump, we charge from £10 per inch (+VAT). 

*Please bear in mind that this 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 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.

As expected, stumps with widespread or deep roots will take significantly longer to grind out, resulting 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, which will also impact the stump removal price.

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

The location of the stump will significantly affect 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 be 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 if the stumps are in proximity to any property, fences, walls, greenhouses etc.

Do you require one stump or multiple stumps removed?

We can offer competitive discounts if you require multiple stumps ground out at the same location on the same day. 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 southeast. 

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

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 costs 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 hinder 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 to cut even the tallest hedgerows 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.



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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