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Common in Europe since medieval times and is practiced today in urban areas wordwide. Primarily to maintain trees at a predetermined height.
The process involves removing branch tips pruning back to a growth point further down the branch.
Crown thinning involves removing a number of secondary branches in such a way that it produces a balanced crown structure.
Tree crown lifting involves the removal of lower branches with the end result being to lift the height of the base of the crown.
The purpose of formative tree pruning is to assist and train a young tree to develop into a stronger and well shaped tree.
On occasions CTS are required to take down a tree, this process is carefully planned and is generally due to poor health or decay making the tree unsafe.