Tree Removal

Agility Professional Tree Service are THE Large Tree Removal Specialists in Newcastle, Maitland, and Lake Macquarie

Here at Agility Trees, we specialise in tree removal services. Our expert arborists are able to do all tree removals in the Newcastle area with proper insurance and qualifications. For any questions or concerns regarding the specifics of tree removal with Agility, including council approval, please read our tree removal FAQs below.

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All Aspects of Tree Removal

We can help you in all aspects of tree removal, particularly regarding the legal aspects of doing so. Did you know that if you were to remove, damage or otherwise tamper with a tree on even your private property, you could be faced with fines? You don’t want to get on the wrong side of the council or local tree removal restrictions, let us do the work for you. We will only remove trees that you are allowed to cut down.

Tree removal is best left to professionals and we can assist you in arranging any documents you require to have your tree removal completed legally whether for a property development or routine maintenance or removal of a dying tree. When you choose to work with us, you’re choosing to work with a team that is able to provide you with professional tree removal services and ensure that your tree removal plan goes off without a hitch.

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What is the average cost for tree removal? How is tree removal quoted and billed at Agility Trees?

Tree removal is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. There are lots of variables that go into tree removal, including: how many trees to be removed, size of tree, location, hazards, and risks involved. At Agility, we determine our price for tree removal based on consultation. It is difficult for us to give an exact quote for tree removal on our website. Some jobs can start at $140 and can range to $20,000 or more. For this reason, our expert arborists will assess the area and provide a quote on a case-by-case basis. Some elements that factor into the total cost of a job can include special requirements for the job, use of specialist equipment (ex: stump grinder), and how long the job will take. All of these factors contribute to the total cost of tree removal.

What are some things to keep in mind when hiring a tree removalist?

It is very important to hire a qualified arborist for all tree removal services. Qualifications such as insurance, public liability, and workers compensation are all things that a professional arborist should have. The arborist industry is currently unregulated in New South Wales. This means that it is absolutely okay to ask your potential arborist for proof of their qualifications. If you work with an arborist who is not qualified, you may risk damage to the tree, danger on the worksite, and a poor job done.

How can I know if I need a tree removed?

If you know the history of the trees in the area, you may be able to tell based on your practical knowledge. However, not the average citizen is not expected to be a tree specialist. This takes a qualified professional with many years of experience. If you suspect a tree on your property may need to be removed, here are some signs you can watch for:

- Excessive sap seepage from the trunk or base of the tree
- Dead branches or twigs in the canopy
- Tree in distress
- Body fungus (bracket fungus)

If you see or suspect that your tree may be experiencing some of these symptoms, please do not attempt to remove this tree or prune this tree on your own. It is best to contact a qualified arborist to do the job right.

Do I need council approval to remove a tree on my property?

Absolutely yes. the Newcastle area is very strict with the laws regarding tree removal. Almost all tree removal cases require local council approval. Some exceptions may be if the tree is encroaching on a primary building or dwelling. At Agility, we can provide information on council requirements as part of the initial quote. For any further information regarding council approval, please visit your local city council’s website.

Can I be fined if I remove a tree on my private property?

Potentially, yes. There are significant fines for removing a tree without council approval. Some of these fines can start at $3000 and can double in size depending on the severity of the offence. Fines can affect both the tree professional and the property owner. For this reason, it is extremely important to have council approval prior to removing any trees on your property.

How does tree removal work on neighbouring land?

If you are wanting a tree to be removed on your neighbour's property, you need to seek the approval of the neighbour and your local council. The property owner needs to be the one to obtain approval for the tree to be removed. In some cases, your neighbour is able to provide you with written consent if you are the one paying for the removal. Bottom line however, consent is always required for tree removal.

In what circumstances would a tree be removed vs pruned?

This is a great example in the case of removing a tree on a neighbour’s property. In some cases, pruning may be a better alternative. Pruning is always an excellent option, and often the first choice prior to tree removal. If a tree is encroaching on a property, our experts at Agility recommend pruning the tree. Be mindful that pruning absolutely needs to be done by a qualified arborist. Do not attempt to prune yourself - a trained arborist knows where to cut the tree at certain growth points. When pruning a tree, it should never be topped. This is against Australian standards, and can result in large fines.

How is a tree removed? What equipment is used?

At Agility, we have a very specific process to tree removal. Tree removal can be done by using pulleys, and frictions devices. Our friction devices attach to the base of the tree. Our professionals tie up the branches, and lower them down. While the process can seem generic, each tree has different requirements. For this reason, it is very important to consult with a qualified arborist for your specific tree removal needs.

How long does it take to remove a tree?

The process of tree removal can depend on the size of the tree. It can also depend on the size of the location. On average, it take our arborists a few days or more for tree removal. Again, this is always depending on the size of the project that needs to be done.

Do I need to be at home if a tree is being removed on my property?

Yes, you are able to be at home during the process. In most cases, you will be able to go about your business with very little disruptions. The only disruption you may experience is noise. Once Agility Trees is working on the property, the area becomes our work zone. At Agility, we take health and safety very seriously. For this reason, we ask that even if you are home, that you stand well back and out of the work zone. We want to avoid any potential hazards.

How does the cleanup process work?

At Agility Trees, we want to leave our work sites cleaner than they were when we got there! Once the trees are removed, we can leave mulch for your flower beds if you wish. We chip and process all waste, rake, and put everything back as we found it!

Do I need to do anything to prepare for tree removal on my property?

Tree removal can be an invasive procedure. At Agility, we ask that our clients do take measures to prepare for removal. Please remove any items that may get damaged or be hazardous to the work site. This includes pots, backyard furniture, and precious plants. We want to avoid any damage to your personal items as much as possible.

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From humble beginnings Agility has grown into a professional team of nine members. Our tree specialists use modern equipment and offer prompt service, expert advice and a comprehensive quality tree pruning, tree lopping, tree removal and stump grinding service, all at a competitive price.



Agility Professional Tree Service holds all necessary insurances including:

  • Public and Products Liability Insurance for $20 million.
  • Full Fleet and Plant Insurance.
  • QBE Comprehensive Insurance.
  • Workers Compensation Insurance.


The safety of you, your property and our team is important to us. Our qualified arborists work to all relevant Australian standards and their extensive knowledge of Work, Health and Safety legislation ensures your safety and that of the community. We have our WH&S systems externaly audited twice a year to ensure our managment systems are up to date and complient.

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