Swift Tree Felling Strange as it might seem, to the uninitiated, tree felling is an art. In very few cases is the felling of a tree a simple matter of cutting and letting it fall, especially in the domestic market.

Swift Tree Felling has over 20 years worth of experience to draw on in this industry, we have been able to be of great help to the private, corporate and municipal clients in the greater Durban area and beyond. Saving them both money and years of lost tree growth.

Swift Tree Felling specialises in felling of trees in confined areas, harvesting, trimming, pollarding (topping), once off cut back and clean ups, winter cut backs, de-stumping, cartage and invading alien eradication.

A consultation is prefered before quoting so that we can ascertain your requirements and make sure that the money spent in the short term does not have to be duplicated in the future.

We look forward to being of service to you.


Felling of trees in confined areas

This obviously takes skill and experience. We have felled many large trees in confined areas, by using different roping and cutting techniques, successfully.


Trees, like most things, require maintenance especially when grown in an unnatural environment such as gardens where the full cycle of nature is not left long enough to be achieved. Through regular trimming a balance of aesthetics and size can be maintained, in keeping with the surrounds and area available. Pollarding (topping) Pollarding is the practice of trimming and topping a tree to make it safe and enabling trees to reach maturity in a space too small for their natural size to be achieved without causing damage or becoming dangerous.

Once off clean ups & general cutback

This is normally done every two to three years when the bushes and trees have become too large for you to maintain yourself or when moving into a new house where the garden has not been maintained.

Winter Cutbacks

This should be done just before spring i.e. July, August and the beginning of September, to prepare the plants/ trees for their spring growth, in Durban, however we often cut back earlier to enable the winter sun to warm up our houses.


De-stumping is normally required when building or tarring over the area is to be done. Otherwise poisoning is sufficient in most circumstances.

There are two main methods of de-stumping:

Invading alien eradication

This is the removal of exotic invading plants/ trees. Their seeds are spread by the wind or birds and germinate easily and grow faster than the indigenous plants, thus stealing the nutrients and preventing sun on the slower growing indigenous plants. They also do not have any natural enemies, enabling them to flourish at the expense of our indigenous plants and wild life.

These exotics have been categorized into groups, some of which may be kept.


We have our own truck with detachable bins, enabling us to fill the bins as we cut, keeping the site clear of debris and preventing the buildup of unsightly refuse awaiting collection.

NB. We have public liability specifically designed for tree felling and are registered with workmen's compensation fund and as a Vat vendor.


Please contact us by using the details below or alternatively by filling in the enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Phil Hamilton

Cell: 082 414 0296
Tel: 031 266 0662
Fax: 086 721 7397
Email: swift@3i.co.za