Crown lifting is the removal of the lower branches from the crown of a tree. This can be a very effective way of letting more light and a feeling of space in to a smaller garden that contains mature trees by allowing the sunlight to flood in underneath the canopy.
These images show a mature lime tree, protected by a TPO in Stockport. Messy epicormic growth has been removed from the trunk along with some of the lower more pendulous branches with some of the lower lateral branches reduced in length to create a natural more rounded crown. The difference in light in to the properties especially when the tree is in leaf would be remarkable.
These images show a dramatic crown lift on a silver birch in Cheadle Hulme. Our client was initially looking to completely remove the tree as it was casting too much shade on the garden. This was discouraged in order to retain the tree, the difference in light underneath the crown is clearly evident.