How Much Does it Cost to Cut Down a Tree?

Tree felling is one of those projects that are extremely difficult to price without first inspecting the tree and the surrounding land.

The proximity of any buildings, fence panels, public footpaths or roads etc needs to be taken into consideration.

Below you’ll find our price guide along with a few caveats.

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Our Tree Felling Price Guide

The difference between paying a couple of hundred pounds or a couple of thousand will depend on:

  • The overall height of the tree
  • The width of the trunk
  • The tree’s overhang
  • How easy it is to access the garden
  • The type of tree
  • The proximity of the tree to public footpaths or roads
  • How much of the waste can be disposed of on-site and how much needs to be carted away
  • Whether you want the stump ground down and by how much

The height of the tree – this is a key price factor because it will take more time to lower down the cut branches, there is also the risk that parts of the tree will have further to fall and are more likely to cause damage. In general; the higher the tree, the slower the project.

The tree overhang – some trees overhang sheds, greenhouses, conservatories and fences etc.

Access – gaining access to the rear garden isn’t easy in every home, terraced houses often have either no access or very narrow access to the rear garden. If you want the remains of the tree removed and you live in a home with poor access, expect to pay more.

Type of tree – some trees are simply easier to work on than others.

Public road/footpath – if your tree is overhanging a public footpath or road then you will need to get permission to close off the area. This isn’t going to be cheap, depending on the road of course.

Waste disposal considerations – if you can dispose of the waste yourself (perhaps because you have a big garden) then you could save yourself a small a fortune. Carting a felled tree to the front of a property so it can be loaded onto a vehicle takes time, paying to dispose of the waste costs lots of money, especially if the tree weighs several tonnes, which many do.

Stump grinding – this is an alternative to stump excavation and will stop the roots forming into a new tree. How far down the stump needs to be ground will depend on the type of tree, every species is different.

The Cost to Fell a Tree – Based on Our Research

As part of our research into tree removal costs, we sourced as many prices as we could from tree surgeons up and down the country.

One thing we instantly noticed was how much all the prices differed! As an example, two quotes varied by well over £1000 for a large tree in a rear garden.

Here are the results of our research, we’ve averaged and rounded the figures:

Job 1 – 35 ft Multi -Stem Tree in Rear Garden With Good Access

For the first quote, we assumed a 35ft Beech tree (multi-stem) in a garden with good access from the road.

The stump needs to be ground down and the contractor will be taking away all of the waste. The work will take around half a day with 2-3 workers on the project.

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£500.00£750.00
South, SW and Midlands£425.00£500.00
Outer Region and North£350.00£425.00
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Job 2 – Take Down 100ft+ Oak Tree Poor Access

Our second quote was for the felling of a large 100ft+ oak tree, the property has access issues and the waste needs to be carted away.

There will be several tonnes of waste material to be disposed of. Obviously, this is a very labour intensive job and will require two tree surgeons for a couple of days and three “lads” carting the material to the vehicle. We assume there will be multiple journeys to the disposal yard.

The prices displayed below includes grinding the stump out.

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£N/A£N/A
South, SW and Midlands£N/A£N/a
Outer Region and North£N/A£N/A
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Job 3 – Pruning/Trimming

For our third quote, we wanted an Oak tree trimmed. The property has easy access to the rear garden and the tree surgeon will be removing all the waste material, we didn’t want anything left on site:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£700.00£900.00
South, SW and Midlands£550.00£650.00
Outer Region and North£500.00£550.00
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2 Responses to “How Much Does it Cost to Cut Down a Tree?”

  1. Martyn GrantFebruary 23, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

    what a load of nonsense.

    A 100ft oak would cost around £2000 + plus as a minimum. it would take several days to do in a back garden and with the average wage of £100- £130 a day for staff on site, plus average overheads of 50k of equipment on site that would be a cheap price. our average day rates as a NON VAT reg company is around £750 for a 3 man crew. if the tree is larger than that corneas up to £900 a day. if we need to use cranes, cherry pickers or the tree is dangerous then that increases again.

    The thing we win a lot of work as we are slightly cheaper than most.!

  2. Jo carterAugust 18, 2017 at 12:29 am #

    How much approx would it cost to cut down 2 20ft plum trees. Also a 2 ft conerfer,taking say trees and killing roots, I live in Warwickshire thank yo

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