More often than not, if a tree has to go, chopping down or felling the tree just simply isn’t an option where available space and access restrictions are limited or where there is a danger to buildings, power cables, people and rights of way.
At John Whitworth Tree Surgery, we use numerous professional tree rigging and tree dismantling techniques whilst complying with all site safety requirements. I am expertly trained to carry out this kind of work safely and competently to a thorough work plan
What is Tree Rigging ?
Rigging is the application of specialised tools and ropes by tree workers, in order to lower cut sections of trees to the ground in a controlled manner. Rigging operations can also be referred to as dismantling operations, although the term ‘dismantling’ normally covers all methods of bringing cut sections of a tree to the ground, including the free falling of sections (i.e. allowing cut sections to fall to the ground).
Rigging methods are normally adopted where it is not possible to allow the cut sections to fall freely, either because of the danger of hitting unwanted targets on the ground or because of the difficulty of extracting the fallen timber from the target area (i.e. the area in which the timber would otherwise fall).
Rigging operations are normally undertaken by a team of tree workers, with one worker positioned in the tree, working in conjunction with one or more other workers on the ground. In simple terms, the worker in the tree is responsible for ‘rigging’ the section of timber to be cut, whilst the other workers assist in lowering the ‘rigged’ section to the ground after it has first been cut. Over recent years, rigging methods used in the UK have developed from traditional techniques, which utilised ropes in conjunction with only the natural features of the tree, to more advanced techniques, which use a wide variety of tools and equipment designed specifically for the purposes of rigging.
Many of the newer techniques have been imported from other countries, in which they were originally developed and practised, while much of the specialised equipment has been adapted from other areas of use (e.g. mountaineering).