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Traditionally Pollarded Trees

Traditional Pollarded tree

A traditional Pollarded tree is pruned in a manner so that the regrowth cannot be reached by livestock to eat the new growth.  This is a problem often encountered when coppicing trees.  If using the foliage for livestock then the branches could be cut and dropped to allow livestock access.reached by livestock.    

High PollardingHigh Pollard

A pruning regime often used for Council Trees alongside roads.  The reason is to create a controlled size canopy at or above the first floor windows without impacting on light to the ground.


Canopy Pollarding

Creation of multiple Pollard heads in a flat plane to develop a thick canopy which gives good screening from the sun.  Often used in France in market squares to keep the heat down during the summer.

Canopy Pollarded Trees

Top Pollarding

This is a hybrid type operation where the lower branches are retained for screening whereas the top of the tree is pollarded.  Long term the tree would be developed into a full pollard but this operation offers an interim alternative.

Single Head Pollards

Single Head Pollard

Pollarding to a single Pollard head, which reduces the amount of regeneration.


Multi-head Pollards

A pollard with a multiple heads, which leads to more points for the tree to reshoot from.

Multi-head Pollards


The tree surgery operation of pruning back regeneration following a previous pollarding operation.  All the newer growth will be removed unless otherwise stated.