The initial removal of the top of a young tree.

The initial removal of the top of a young tree at a prescribed height to encourage multistem branching from that point, traditionally for fodder, firewood or poles. Once started, it should be repeated on a cyclical basis, always retaining the initial pollard point, or 'boiling' as it is known.

The pollarding of a tree is effective management for suitable species; these include Ash, Lime, Plane and Willow.

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