What is Crowning?

Crowning is a process which involves pruning the outer edges of tree branches. The main goal is to decrease the size of the crown (the portion of a tree that is comprised of leaves and branches that extend from the trunk). Why might crowning be required on occasion?

One concern involves the aesthetics of the tree itself. There can be times when branches hang too low or dead limbs have accumulated over time. In these cases, crowning is often recommended. There may also be instances when a local town council requires trees to be maintained at a specific height (such as to address line-of-sight or visibility issues).

Crown Thinning

Crown Thinning is done to allow more light through to the crown without altering the overall shape and size of the tree. Select branches are removed together with any diseased wood. The tree is then pruned to reduce the crown density whilst retaining its natural shape.

A crown thin will reduce the wind resistance of the tree, improving its strength against storms and strong winds, increasing safety. 

Advantages to Crown Thinning

  • More light can pass through the tree branches, brightening up the garden/area
  • Increased resistance against wind and bad weather conditions
  • Crown can be selectively thinned for aesthetic reasons ensuring a balanced branch structure

Why Choose Majestic Tree Services

Over the many years of caring for trees, shrubs, and hedges, for both domestic and commercial customers, Majestic Tree Care has built up an unbeatable reputation. All our Tree Surgeons are fully trained, fully qualified and have vast experience and knowledge in a variety of different pruning and felling methods:


Crown thinning – Small branches are removed to thin the crown, reducing the weight & wind resistance of the tree


Crown lifting – Lower branches are carefully removed to increase the amount of light passing through the tree


Crown deadwooding – Branches may naturally die off but can take a while to decay, removing the branches early keeps the tree safe


Crown reductions – The height of the tree is reduced to decrease shading & loss of light, making the tree more suited to its environment


Directional felling – A wedge is removed from the bottom of the tree, bringing it down safely in one piece


Sectional dismantling – Where space is restricted, the tree is carefully dismantled and brought down piece by piece

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Let's Start Work Together!

If your tree needs to be crowned and you are concerned about causing unintentional damage, it is best to speak with one of our team leaders. We can then schedule a hassle-free consultation.