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Protect Your Home: Assess & Respond to Tree Hazards

In the UK we’re used to unpredictable weather, such as a sunny day that suddenly turns to a monsoon. Stormy weather can wreak havoc on our gardens and properties. After a particularly nasty storm, it’s crucial to assess any damage to your trees. Weakened or broken branches and uprooted giants can pose a serious threat to your safety and your home. At West Country Tree Services, we’ll use our 13 years of experience to guide you through the process identifying storm-damaged trees, taking steps to mitigate further harm, and knowing when to call in our expert team for help.

So if you need more advice about tree damage or a tree that you need dealing with, contact us ! We offer services across the West Country including the following locations of Bath, Bradford-on-Avon, CalneChippenham, Corsham, Devizes, Malmesbury, Melksham, Peasedown St John, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Trowbridge, Warminster, and Westbury.

HOW do i identify damage?

When it’s safe and you’re sure the storm has passed, check for damage to trees around your home and garden. Be on the lookout for snapped limbs, especially those dangling precariously over power lines, walkways, or your house. These pose an immediate danger and need to be addressed promptly.

Leaning trees that have only recently started to change in angle can be a risk to anything in the area surrounding them. Some trees grow at an angle and aren’t perfectly straight up and down. However, a tree that has started to lean after a storm is a strong indication of damaged roots and could fall if wind is strong enough.

Check for any cracks, cuts or splits in the trunk and branches of your trees. A storm can weaken the tree and its extremities particularly if its an older tree. Any crack or split indicates a weakness in the tree’s structure. If there are any near the base of large branches, this could pose a risk for immediate collapse.

HOw do i mitigate further damage?

After the storm has passed through, there are some ways you can prevent further damage to your trees or anything in the vicinity around them. Start by ensuring that its safe for you to go outside by making sure the bad weather is over. If you don’t wait, you risk injuring yourself to debris. Next, clear up any small debris you see – this is likely to mainly be leaves, small branches and twigs. Though small, these debris can be trip and slip hazards. Assess damage to your trees and should you notice a new lean in any of your trees try to prop them before calling out our expert team at West Country Tree Services. 

When should i contact a tree surgeon?

This will come down to your own judgement, but if you have any doubts about the safety of your home or property its wise to get a professional opinion. You may notice large or hazardous branches that are broken or hanging precariously. In this case a qualified member of our team will need to deal with this because they’ll have the best equipment and know-how to remove a tree safely and efficiently.

In the case of severely leaning, uprooted or cracked trees it is essential that you call for a professional opinion. Our team will be able to determine if the tree can be saved, removed and raise any other concerns about the tree(s). Taking these steps after a storm can help prevent further damage in the long run.

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    At West Country Tree Services, we are pleased to offer superior tree surgery across Wiltshire and Somerset. If you’re looking for a trustworthy tree surgeon to assess any hazardous tree(s), get in touch by calling us on 01225 345137 or email us at

    We cover all towns within Wiltshire and Somerset, including Bath, Bradford-on-Avon, Calne, Chippenham, Corsham, Devizes, Malmesbury, Melksham, Peasedown St John, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Trowbridge, Warminster, and Westbury.