Woodland Maintenance

Woodlands require to be actively managed for a variety of reasons, from the cultivation of commercial timber interests, game, recreation, biodiversity, or any of these areas in combination. The health and wellbeing of woodlands relies on its effectively and sympathetic management from knowledgeable professionals.

WCC Group have been actively involved in woodland management for over 30 years, and will work with you to develop an active woodland management plan that works to fulfil your woodland management objectives while remaining respectful of the environmental concerns of the woodland itself.

Frequent assessment of trees and of associated risks are essential in areas of high public access where trees are within striking range of people or valuable property that is susceptible to damage. All observations are from ground level without detailed investigations such as aerial tree inspection, invasive procedures and sub-soil investigations (unless specified).

WCC Group provides woodland management plans which give land managers a structured way to plan and organise the sustainable management of woodland to a common industry standard. It applies to all woodland and woodland operations, regardless of who owns or manages it.

Creating a woodland management plan can demonstrate sustainable forest management and supports the planning and implementation of work proposals and their long term monitoring.


WCC Group carry out inspections under The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 recommendations and surveys; And BS5837: 2012 Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction Recommendations.

Whether your woodland management plan is for commercial timber works, game, safety or for recreation then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and professional woodland management team. Our experienced project managers and arborist will assist you in designing the woodland management plan that suits your needs in the most effective and efficient way possible, with the professional expertise you can expect for our 30 years of experience.

Tree Services

Having undertaken Tree services since the company began, WCC Group hae extensive knowledge on the appropriate tree operations they undertake. Carrying out all tree work to

British Standard: BS3998: 2010
Recommendations for Tree Work

The type of tree services WCC Group offer are:

Crown Thinning

Crown thinning is the removal of a portion of smaller branches, usually on the outer crown, to produce a uniform density of foliage around an evenly spaced branch structure. It is usually confined to broad-leaved species. Crown thinning does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree. Branches removed throughout the tree, will not exceed more than 30% overall.

Crown Lifting

Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches and/or preparing of lower branches for future removal. Crown lifting on older, mature trees should be avoided or restricted to secondary branches or shortening of primary branches wherever possible.

Crown Reduction

The reduction in height and/or spread of the crown (the foliage bearing portions) of a tree. Crown reduction may be used on individual branches or the whole tree, to make the tree more suited to its immediate environment or to reduce the effects of shading and light loss. The final result should retain the main framework of the crown, and the leaf bearing structure, leaving a similar, although smaller outline.

Tree Dismantling

Undertaken in confined space, the tree is dismantled in sections. This operation involves the use of ropes and rigging techniques to control the lowering of the removed sections.

Hazardous Tree Removal

Advanced methods are utilised. These include, using Cranes or Mobile Elevated Platforms.

Stump Grinding

WCC Group also offer stump grinding. With this service the tree stump can be ground into chips to a maximum depth of 300mm below the existing soil level over the width of the trunk. Smaller roots spreading out from the main stump will be left undisturbed in the soil.