Vegetation Management

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“Vegetation Management is at the core of our flexible approach to each project, adapting our services and personnel to satisfy the requirements of each job. All our teams combine safety-critical staff with experienced arborists and Vegetation Management specialists who can work in various site types. We aim to offer our customers a complete solution that meets their requirements and exceeds their expectations.”

Graham Talbot, Head of Vegetation Management

We are dedicated to delivering high-quality Vegetation Management services to our clients in the Rail, Road, Construction, and Utilities sectors. Our mission is to provide comprehensive and efficient solutions that enhance site functionality and safety while minimising disruptions to daily operations.

Tailored solutions for all clients

Our team of experts has built strong working relationships with our clients, ensuring that we understand their unique requirements and can deliver the best possible outcomes. We offer a complete turn-key solution, including fully qualified chainsaw operatives, climbers, plant operatives, and rope access technicians, providing a seamless and hassle-free service.

Meeting specific client needs

Vegetation management is crucial for many clients, including local governments, rail, light rail, civils/construction, and domestic and commercial clients. Whether it is a small or large-scale project, we have the skills and resources to ensure that vegetation management is carried out safely, efficiently, and effectively. Our extensive experience in arboriculture and vegetation management, combined with our knowledge of the latest technologies and techniques, enables us to tailor our services to meet each client’s needs.

Minimising impact on daily operations

We understand that our clients need to maintain daily operations while carrying out vegetation management, which is why we are committed to minimising the impact of our services. We work closely with our clients to ensure we can deliver solutions that improve site safety and functionality while minimising disruption to day-to-day operations.

So, whether you require our services on a contract or project basis, you can be confident that RSS Infrastructure will provide you with high-quality and cost-effective Vegetation Management solutions that meet your unique requirements. Contact us today to discuss your needs and learn more about how we can help you.

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For reliable project delivery, contact us today at 0330 113 0004. Led by Graham Talbot, our experienced team of Vegetation Management experts are ready to assist.


Graham Talbot

Head of Vegetation Management

Vegetation Management Services

RSSI personnel will cut or thin the lowest branches as part of our crown lifting service to lift the crown’s base. This method assures safe access levels, increases site levels, and creates clear sight lines for vehicles (clearance level of 5.2 metres).

Crown reduction is a more aggressive pruning approach to reduce the total height and spread of the canopy, hence reducing the weight of potentially hazardous branches. This approach balances a crooked tree or trees that may hinder buildings, structures, sightlines, or overhead lines. We can also utilise this process to improve the tree’s ornamental structure. To avoid shocking the tree, our arborists typically operate to a 10%, 20%, or 30% specification.

Invasive species control and management refer to strategies used to prevent, manage, and eradicate non-native species introduced to new ecosystems that can cause harm to the environment, economy, or human health. Invasive species control is essential for maintaining ecosystems’ health and safety and preventing infrastructure damage. This approach can involve physical removal, chemical treatment, and biological control. Effective management requires ongoing monitoring and adaptation to changing conditions.

Rope access enables our arborists to work safely in difficult-to-reach areas without scaffolding or elevated mobile platforms. This cost-effective approach eliminates the need for specialised equipment and provides clients with a more inexpensive option, ensuring that projects are completed on time and within budget. Each team
member holds a minimum of ICI, PTS, IRATA, LANTRA, or NPTC certifications to ensure that any solution given is consistent with the rules and regulations that govern the UK’s infrastructure.

Large tree removal refers to cutting down and removing trees too large or dangerous to be safely managed or preserved in a given location. In the context of road, rail, and utility infrastructure, large tree removal may be necessary to clear a path for new construction or to remove trees that pose a risk to public safety by potentially falling onto the infrastructure or interfering with power lines. Large tree removal is a complex process requiring specialised equipment, techniques, and expertise to be carried out safely and efficiently, as it involves using chainsaws, rigging systems, and heavy machinery.

Vegetation removal can include cutting, clearing, or trimming plants/trees in a given area. This is often necessary for road, rail, and utility infrastructure construction or to reduce public safety risks (e.g. interfering with power lines, obstructing visibility, creating fire hazards). It may be done manually or with specialised equipment depending on the size and density of vegetation. This activity can have environmental/ecological impacts which must be considered and managed.

Our extensive experience in arboriculture and vegetation management, combined with our knowledge of different pesticide application methods, enables us to provide effective and sustainable solutions that meet the specific needs of our clients in the infrastructure sector. Various pesticide application methods are available, including knapsack spraying, spot spraying, and eco-plugging. We can assist clients in determining which strategy is best for each project.

Pollarding is an excellent strategy to keep trees manageable for their surroundings. This procedure is used to prune trees in limited spaces on trees like Ash, Lime, Elm, Elder, Eucalyptus, London Plane, and Oak that can withstand the shock. After a tree has been pollarded, we must maintain it regularly to avoid future problems. Pollarded trees can live considerably longer and develop slower than maiden (non-pollarded) trees.

Sapling supply and planting refers to sourcing and planting young trees, or saplings, in a specific location. The process involves selecting appropriate species, preparing the planting site, and ensuring proper planting techniques to promote tree health and growth. On infrastructure projects, sapling supply and planting may be necessary for reforestation, erosion control, or landscaping.

Site clearance works refer to clearing a site of any existing vegetation, debris, or other obstacles in preparation for new construction or development. In the infrastructure sector, site clearance works may be necessary to prepare the area for new infrastructure, such as roads, railways, or power lines.

Station, depot, and car park vegetation clearance and control refers to managing vegetation growth in and around these areas. On infrastructure projects, vegetation control in these areas may be necessary to ensure safety, prevent damage to infrastructure, and maintain a clean and attractive appearance.

Structural vegetation clearance refers to managing vegetation growth that may pose a risk to infrastructure, such as power lines or buildings. The process involves removing or pruning vegetation to minimise the risk of damage to the infrastructure while preserving the health of the vegetation as much as possible.

Tree disassembly is a process of removing an entire tree to its ground level. This is used for dead, diseased, dangerous or problematic trees. A climber will use a rigging system to safely and steadily disassemble the tree and drop branches in confined settings when straight felling is impossible. A mobile elevated work platform may also be used to access the crown of trees posing safety risks.

Tree Felling refers to the complete removal of a tree to the ground level, which is typically done on dangerous, sick, or problematic trees. To fell the tree in a safe and controlled manner, our crews use a range of industry-approved methods. Most trees felled are in open regions with hardly any risk of causing damage to the surrounding area. We can utilise various crash matting techniques to protect the underlying surface when a tree’s large or heavy main trunk is to be fallen.

Tree maintenance refers to caring for trees to maintain their health, safety, and appearance. Maintenance can involve pruning, fertilising, watering, and other techniques to promote healthy growth and prevent damage to infrastructure in the infrastructure sector.

Tree management plans refer to a comprehensive document that outlines strategies and protocols for the care and management of trees in a specific area. On infrastructure projects, tree management plans may be necessary to ensure that trees are cared for consistently and effectively and that their growth and maintenance will not interfere with the function of the infrastructure.

Tree surveys assess trees’ health, condition, and location in a specific area. In the infrastructure sector, tree surveys may be necessary to identify potential risks or hazards trees pose to the infrastructure and to plan for their care and management.

Vegetation control and management refer to managing the growth and health of vegetation in a specific area. Depending on the vegetation type and the management plan’s goals, strategies may include physical removal, chemical treatment, or biological control. On infrastructure projects, vegetation control and management may be necessary to ensure safety, prevent damage to infrastructure, and maintain a clean and attractive appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

RSS Infrastructure offers a comprehensive range of vegetation management services including crown lifting and thinning, crown reduction, invasive species control and management, large tree removal, tree dismantling, tree felling, tree maintenance, tree management plans, tree surveys, vegetation control and management plans, and more.

RSS Infrastructure caters to clients in the Rail, Road, Construction, and Utilities sectors, as well as local governments, civils/construction, and domestic and commercial clients who require vegetation management services.

RSS Infrastructure works closely with clients to minimise disruption to daily operations while carrying out vegetation management. The company offers a complete turn-key solution, including fully qualified staff with expertise in chainsaw operations, climbing, rope access, and possession planning. They adapt their services and personnel to meet each job’s requirements and strive to deliver solutions that improve site safety and functionality while minimising disruption to day-to-day operations.


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