Pollarded Willows are one of Somerset Level’s most characteristic sights. Historically pollarding was used to create materials for animal fodder, fencing and thatching materials; these days it tends to be predominantly decorative. The oversized crowns of some species need to be pollarded to preserve the longevity of the tree. The same can be said for previously pollarded trees, which need to be re-pollarded in order to prevent stems splitting from the main trunk. Once completed this is a job that owners can do on a biannual basis themselves, offering a significant cost saving in the future.