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Margaret1963

I got my tree reduced has it been done well?

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Madam,
 
You have most definitely not had your tree reduced by an educated & experienced Arborist. Nor have you had your tree expertly reduced by a skilled & experienced tree surgeon. You do appear to have had your wee taken & bank account pilfered by a butcherer of trees who has left you with an arboricultural embarrassment in your garden.
 
Whatever BS sweet nothings your "arborist" chappy might have whispered in your ear, You might have thought you were talking to Clint Eastwood "Blondie"; you were actually being hood winked by Lee Van Cleef  "Angel Eyes"; who in the end gave you an Eli Wallach "Tuco".
In other words, in cowboy parlance you thought you were talking to The Good; you were actually talking to The Bad & he most definitely gave you The Ugly! By which time you are sadly hundred's of pounds poorer and even more unhappy with your tree than before.
 
When it comes to tree work, most unenlightened householders a) don't bother getting more than 1 or 2 quotes, b) then go for the cheapest quote anyway. Sometimes it works out OK, other times less so with differing poorer outcomes when compared to expectations &/or potentially ending up at the further end of the scale with the kind of monstrosity you have shown us in your pictures.
At this stage you have 3 possible courses of action. 1) Suck it up & live with your mistake and then have it re-pruned by a more reputable & capable tree surgery company in about 5 years time. 2) Get another, but this time reputable tree surgery company in now to fell the remaining monstrosity you have been left with, grind out the stump and replant with a new tree that you can have the pleasure to watch grow during your remaining years at that property. 3) Use your social media accounts & word of mouth to warn all your family, friends and associates not to use the same tree surgery company you did that left you with the back street abortion of a tree you've posted in your pictures. Name & shame dear lady, name & shame to everyone you know, because people who produce that kind of work and take cold hard cash from the unsuspecting public for it should get their comeuppance somewhere.
 
Please note, option 3 can also be used in conjunction with options 1 and 2. But the answer to your original question is NO that is a not an example of a tree reduction that has been done well. Irrespective of species, it matters not whether it is a sycamore or any other, it is the very antithesis of a tree reduction done well! It is certainly a tree that has been reduced, but to sum it up in one word. Appallingly. 
 

So mrs miggins asks tree surgeon to reduce to 20’.
He does.
You are now suggesting a smear campaign against someone you’ve never met,fir a job you know nothing about.
No stripped bark,
No limbs hanging.
Get over yourself.
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Starting up a good old Facebook campaign on someone’s livelihood is a sure fired way to get yourself involved in something nasty that you will regret.

What a stupid idea.

I’ve said that in terms of a reduction it’s not been done well. Which it hasn’t.

But, in the scheme of things. The tree is smaller. , sycamore is vigorous and will grow back from what I can see in those pictures.
Nothing got broken during the work and the site was left clear.

None of us know what he charged for this work, my guess though is that it was probably less than most of us on here would have charged.

We’ve all seen a lot worse and there’s no indication whatsoever he ripped her off etc etc.

The guys earning a crust in hard times, he might not be the best but it doesn’t look like he’s a shyster either.

Facebook smear campaign - leave it out.

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I've seen worse, give it a couple of years to put out some new growth, then get someone more skilled to reshape it, would be my advice.

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Thank you for your comments. I will do as you suggested and have it reshaped down the line if it still bothers me. I paid £250 for this, as I only got 1 quotation I wouldn't know if this is over the odds?

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12 minutes ago, Margaret1963 said:

Thank you for your comments. I will do as you suggested and have it reshaped down the line if it still bothers me. I paid £250 for this, as I only got 1 quotation I wouldn't know if this is over the odds?

The price is fine, you haven’t paid over the odds (assuming they took everything away).

The regrowth is likely to be extremely vigorous and you will have a far denser canopy than you started with by the end of the summer. Expect it to put on 6 feet of top growth this year...  

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48 minutes ago, monkeybusiness said:

The price is fine, you haven’t paid over the odds (assuming they took everything away).

The regrowth is likely to be extremely vigorous and you will have a far denser canopy than you started with by the end of the summer. Expect it to put on 6 feet of top growth this year...  

Best book the guy in fr next time  ☺️ at that price!   K

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Come on, it wasn't a good specimen to start with, old coppice stool he could of reduced it better. 

Also £250 for a couple of hours work for a gang of 2 his on good money if his doing 3 or 4 a day. 

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