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Last updated on March 12th, 2024

Tree removal cost

If a tree on your property is diseased or unsafe, sometimes the only option is to remove it. Here, we break down the typical tree removal cost so you know what to budget.

Fast Facts

  • The average tree removal cost in the UK is around £1,189.90 - £1,713.46 for a tree up to 50 foot tall
  • Always check whether your tree is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) before felling it
  • If you act early, you may only need to trim or prune your tree instead of removing it altogether

Cutting down a tree is never a happy occasion. But if you’ve spotted signs of decay or you’re worried a tree is causing a risk to your property, it’s best to take action early. Putting it off can lead to larger problems down the line.

Here, we’ll reveal everything you need to know about tree removal costs – from how to know if your tree needs removing to the typical tree surgeon fees.

Signs that you need to remove a tree

Removing a tree should be a last resort. However, sometimes there are serious reasons why it’s necessary.

Here are some signs that your tree is a risk to you, your property, or your neighbours:

  • Storm damage. Strong wind, lightning, heavy snow and ice can all damage your tree. After a storm, keep an eye out for large branches that have broken off but not fallen
  • Leaning. If your tree is leaning when it wasn’t before, it might be at risk of falling
  • Proximity. As a general rule, large trees should be at least 15 feet from your home. Any closer and the roots could damage your property’s foundation
  • Decaying roots. If you see soil and fungi growing near the base of your tree, this could indicate root issues. Severe root damage can cause a tree to decline and eventually die
  • Internal decay. If your tree’s trunk shows cracks, splits or dead branch stubs, that could be a sign of internal decay. Similarly, if your tree’s trunk is hollow, it’s a serious hazard and will need to be removed
  • Infection. Discoloured leaves, crumbly wood and fungi can all be signs that your tree has an infection. So can crown dieback (where branches and shoots die from the tip downward) and unwanted pests

If you notice any of these problems, it’s best to get a professional in. They’ll be able to assess your tree and, if necessary, remove it.

Just bear in mind that tree removal is a dangerous task and should be left to the professionals. If not dealt with correctly, it can easily result in more damage. Simply enter your postcode below to find a reliable tree surgeon near you

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How much does tree removal cost in the UK?

The average cost of tree removal in the UK is around £1,189.90 - £1,713.46 for a tree up to 50 foot ,when carried out by a qualified tree surgeon.

That said, tree removal prices can vary hugely. So, it’s essential to get written quotes from a range of tree surgeons before hiring someone to complete the job.

Type of tree removalUnit of measureFelling cost (low-high)
Removing treesN/A
Up to 25 ftN/A£232.58 - £334.91
Up to 30 ftN/A£403.67 - £581.28
Up to 40 ftN/A£664.43 - £956.77
Up to 50 ftN/A£1,189.90 - £1,713.46
60 ft+N/A£1,696.48 - £2,442.92
Removing tree stumps
Small£152.63 - £219.79
Medium£285.07 - £410.50
Large£491.40 - £707.62
Sundry costs
Tree Surveyor Cost (Arborist)£291.67 - £420
Tree Trimming / Pruning (small)£250.00 - £360
Tree Trimming / Pruning (medium)£416.67 - £600
Tree Trimming / Pruning (large)£750.00 - £1,080
Average labour cost
Tree surgeon labour costPer hour£30 - £50
Tree surgeon labour costPer day£240 - £400
Notes
Some trees with difficult access might incur additional cost
The tree location could incur additional cost, such as confined spaces, steep slopes, near a river or a public road
You will require permission to close a public road or pavement if your tree is overhanging beither of these locations or if the access equipment needs to parked on either
Some trees have Tree Protection Order (TPO) on them and you need to ensure that you have all the necessary permissions, should this be the case
All costs are exclusive of VAT and will need to be added
If the tree being felled is near a house foundations, it would be advisable to hire an Arborist, to advise of any possible implications after the tree is felled

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

Normally, tree removal work is charged at an hourly or daily rate. However, smaller tasks can be priced below this rate if the job is simple and takes minimal time.

Factors affecting the cost of tree removal

The total cost of tree removal can vary massively based on lots of different factors. These include:

  • The tree’s size
  • The type of tree
  • Its condition
  • Where it’s positioned
  • Whether it overhangs a public footpath or street (in which case, you’ll need permission to close the road)
  • How it’s disposed of (if you chop it up where it falls to use as firewood, you can lower your costs)

As a general rule, the more time, skill and specialist equipment needed to fell a tree, the higher your tree removal cost will be.

Tree surgeons usually work in teams to ensure the tree removal is completed safely. A large, awkwardly placed or deep-rooted tree could take one or two teams of experts several days of work. In this case, your tree removal costs will quickly rack up – you could be looking at thousands of pounds.

tree removal cost uk

How much does a tree surgeon cost?

The average cost of a tree surgeon (or arborist) in the UK is around £240 - £400 per day.

Tree surgeons tend to work in teams of three, so you will need to factor this in.

Of course, this will vary depending on the individual, their experience, your location and the exact nature of the job.

Cost of a tree surgeon per hour

If you’re looking to remove a smaller tree that is easily accessible, the job may only take a few hours. The average hourly rate of a tree surgeon is £30 - £50 per hour.

To get the exact cost of an arborist in your area, make sure to get a range of written quotes. We always recommend getting at least three free quotes from arborists near you, so you can make sure you’re paying a fair rate for the work.

Simply enter your postcode below to view a selection of quality tree surgeons near you.

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Arborist report cost

Struggling to decide what trees to keep or remove on your property? An arborist can carry out a tree survey (also called an arboricultural survey) to help. This is a detailed report that goes into the condition of the trees on your property and recommends whether or not they should be removed, with reasons.

In some areas of the UK, a tree survey is mandatory. You’ll also need one if you’re planning to extend your property, construct additional buildings on your land, change the access, or move service lines.

The typical arborist report cost is in the region of £291.67 - £420.

Tree stump removal costs

On the surface, a tree stump may not look like it would take much to remove. But there’s usually a lot more going on underground that can’t be seen.

Trees such as conifers have shallow root systems that don’t stretch too far. But others such as oak trees can have roots as deep as 3-4 metres! Left unchecked, a tree stump could develop fungal diseases which can quickly spread to any nearby trees.

If you’re experienced at DIY, you could attempt tree stump removal yourself by hiring a stump grinder. However, stump grinders will slice through anything and can be dangerous. So, it’s always best to leave it to the professionals who know what they’re doing and will already have the right equipment on hand for the job.

Your exact cost to remove a tree stump will depend on the stump’s size, type and placement, as well as the removal method used.

tree stump removal cost

Stump grinding costs

Stump grinding is an effective way of removing a stump that’s on the small side and has a shallow root system. The tree surgeon uses a chainsaw to shave the stump down to the right height. Then, they use a motorised machine to grind it away.

With this method, the surgeon removes the immediate side roots. However, any additional roots are usually left to rot away in time.

Stump grinding is the cheapest professional removal method and can cost as little as £152.63 - £219.79 for a trunk with a diameter of less than half a foot. However, costs can climb to £491.40 - £707.62  if the stump is larger and requires more powerful tools.

Stump excavation costs

A less common method of tree stump removal is excavation. In this case, machines are usually used to dig the stump out completely.

The cost of removing a tree stump through excavation starts at around £152.63 - £219.79 for a small stump. For a stump that’s bigger than half a foot, you’re looking at costs closer to around £491.40 - £707.62 .

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Root removal costs

Trees with larger root systems can create a lot more work when it comes to stump removal. Cherry trees, for example, are notorious for having problematic permanent roots that take several hours to be removed. This will come with an additional cost.

Tree surgeons are trained to assess each project on a case-by-case basis, in order to decide on the best course of action. This will also take into account your budget and the condition of the tree.

If you’re looking to clear land as well as a tree, check out our cost to clear land guide.

Tree trimming costs

Trimming, pruning and reshaping your tree will help make your outdoor space safer and more visually appealing. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than tree removal!

But just how much will a tree surgeon charge for this type of job?

Well, tree trimming and pruning costs start at around £416.67 - £600 for a standard job on a small-to-medium-sized tree. However, bigger jobs will naturally cost more. Tree trimming costs for larger trees are typically in the region of £750.00 - £1,080 .

Depending on your tree’s condition and positioning, in some cases, a tree surgeon may recommend reducing its height. Or, they may even suggest removing the tree entirely.

If you’re planning a large garden project, check out our garden landscaping cost guide first.

Tree trimming cost

How much does it cost to remove a tree: final tips

  • Before you do anything, check with your local council to see if your tree is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). This may affect what (if any) work can be carried out
  • Diseased or damaged trees are very susceptible to breaking and falling. If you’re concerned about a tree on your property, hire a tree surgeon to assess it. They’ll also be able to cut it down if necessary
  • Some home insurance policies require you to check how close a tree is to your property. If a tree is growing too close to your home, its roots could cause subsidence and structural damage
  • The cost of tree felling will depend on the size, condition and placement of the tree. The typical tree felling cost for a tree over 60 foot will be around £1,696.48 - £2,442.92
  • If caught early, your tree may only need trimming or pruning. Costs for tree work such as trimming tend to fall between £250.00 - £360 for a small tree and£750.00 - £1,080 for a larger tree

Worried about a tree in your garden? The first thing to do is find a tree surgeon to inspect it and give you their professional opinion. Simply enter your postcode below to get started.

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FAQs

Do I need permission to remove a tree?

In your home, you don’t need permission to cut down a tree unless it’s subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or in a Conservation Area.

How do I know if a tree is protected?

If you’re not sure whether a tree on your property is protected, check with your local council. They’ll be able to tell you if there is a TPO on your tree.

Will the council cut down a tree in the UK?

The council won’t cut down trees that are in private gardens. However, they may cut down or prune back a tree that belongs to the council if it’s damaging your property or causing a risk.

Every council will have a different process for requesting to have a tree cut. Normally, an arborist will inspect the tree and give their professional opinion before a decision is made. The council will always try to keep the tree if at all possible.

What happens if my tree is growing close to power lines?

If a tree is growing close to power lines, this can be a serious safety hazard.

You’ll have a legal responsibility to trim any tree on your property that looks like it’s going to come into contact with a power line. But we’d always recommend contacting the energy company that operates the power line first. They might be happy to cover the cost of a tree surgeon.

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