Our Story

Cutting Edge Tree Surgery and Fencing ltd is a leading and reputable contracting company based in County Durham. Ever since we opened for business, we’ve taken a comprehensive approach to project management, providing our clients with a wide range of services to cover their needs.


Our clients are our number one priority and we go the extra mile to make sure they’re completely satisfied. With this service, we’re fully prepared to tackle even the most complex projects and stand by the exceptional quality of our work. .All of our work is carried out to British Standards (BS 3998). Call us today and find out more about what we can do for you



Arboricultural Services:

We can carry out the following services and complete any planning application on your behalf to the local council if the tree/s are subject to a tree preservation order or are within a conservation area.

Crown Thin

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Crown thinning is the removal of a portion of smaller/tertiary branches, usually at 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. Material should be removed systematically throughout the tree, should not exceed the stated percentage and not more than 30% overall. Common reasons for crown thinning are to allow more light to pass through the tree, reduce wind resistance, reduce weight (but this does not necessarily reduce leverage on the structure) and is rarely a once-only operation particularly on species that are known to produce large amounts of epicormic growth.

Crown Lift

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Crown lifting is the removal of the lowest branches and/or preparing of lower branches for future removal. Good practice dictates crown lifting should not normally include the removal of large branches growing directly from the trunk as this can cause large wounds which can become extensively decayed leading to further long term problems or more short term biomechanical instability. Crown lifting on older, mature trees should be avoided or restricted to secondary branches or shortening of primary branches rather than the whole removal wherever possible. Crown lifting is an effective method of increasing light transmission to areas closer to the tree or to enable access under the crown but should be restricted to less than 15% of the live crown height and leave the crown at least two thirds of the total height of the tree. 

Crown Reduction

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The reduction in height and/or spread of the crown (the foliage bearing portions) of a tree. Crown reduction may be used to reduce mechanical stress on individual branches or the whole tree, make the tree more suited to its immediate environment or to reduce the effects of shading and light loss, etc. The final result should retain the main framework of the crown, and so a significant proportion of the leaf bearing structure, and leave a similar, although smaller outline, and not necessarily achieve symmetry for its own sake. Crown reduction cuts should be as small as possible and in general not exceed 100mm diameter unless there is an overriding need to do so. Not all species are suitable for this treatment and crown reduction should not be confused with ‘topping’, an indiscriminate and harmful treatment.

Tree Felling & Dismantling

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If the site/space allows and it is safe to fell this is an option that can be carried out at ground level.

Dismantling/Section Felling

A climber will access the tree using a rope and harness and set up climbing/rigging anchor points using pulleys and friction devices.The limbs are cut in smaller sections by the climber then the groundsman lowers them to the ground in a safe,controlled manner using lowering ropes and friction devices. This is normally the only option if the tree is within a unsafe felling distance or if the tree is overhanging property,services, roads etc.


Hedge Maintenance

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Hedge Trimming

Trimming back the new/yearly growth

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Hedge Reductions

Reducing the height of your hedge past new growth, this is carried out with the use of hedge trimmers and chainsaws


Fencing & Decking

Quality workmanship at a competitive price

Call for your free quotation

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Timber Pallisade Fencing

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Panel Fencing

Timber Decking

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Composite Decking

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See what our cusomters have to say

woman 14

“This was a challenging job, as there was a very tall ash tree and beneath it were two sheds and two glasshouses. There was also very limited access area, and then all the branches had to come through the house as there was no access. The lads looked on it as a challenge and set to it with great enthusiasm! Good hardworking lads, an excellent job done, all the tree down, everything taken away. No damages or breakages despite the tight conditions. A blower was used to not only clear up the garden and decking, but also the road outside. Very professional, would definitely recommend this company.”

Review from checkatrade

woman 9

“Trimmed and reduced the height of 40ft Leylandi hedge 30ft long. Did an excellent job trimmed the top and both sides, one of which was difficult to reach. John is very professional and takes great pride in his work. Arrived on time very polite and did exactly what he said he would when we received his quote. We have arranged for him to return same time next year to trim the hedge again. We would have no hesitation in recommending this company. First class.”

Review from checkatrade

man 5

“Very tidy work. The tree was hemmed in by other shrubs, but not a leaf was disturbed during removal. Money well spent, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this firm.”

Review from checkatrade




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Cutting Edge Tree Surgery & Fencing 

24 Croft Close 
County Durham
 Tel      : 01207 774 584
 Mob   : 07577 390 944
Email : Johnburns1989@yahoo.co.uk