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Tree Stump Removal Cost & Prices 2022

Tree stumps in your lawn or yard can be an eyesore as well as a danger.

In many cases, tree stumps need to be removed using some form of excavating equipment. You normally can’t simply pull the tree stump from the ground either.

Even though a tree stump might not be that big, the root system in the ground can still be extensive and make for a tough job.

Therefore, it’s best to work with a professional tree surgeon to ensure the whole tree root is removed and reduce the likelihood of injury.

This article will cover what you can expect to pay to remove a tree stump, the factors that affect the cost and common questions around tree stump removals.

Average Tree Stump Removal Cost

We contacted 45 different companies for quotes on removing tree stumps. The cost of stump removal tends to be based on the diameter of the stump. Prices tend to start from £30. A good rule of thumb is:

  • Tree stump in a back garden: £5.00 per inch
  • Tree stump in a front garden: £4.50 per inch

This would mean the following prices for tree stumps of different diameters:

Tree Stump Removal TypeAverage Cost
10 inch / 254mm, back garden£50
10 inch / 254mm, front garden£45
15 inch / 381mm, back garden£75
15 inch / 381mm, front garden£67.50
20 inch / 508mm, back garden£100
20 inch / 508mm, front garden£90
25 inch / 635mm, back garden£125
25 inch / 635mm, front garden£112.50
30 inch / 762mm, back garden£150
30 inch / 762mm, front garden£135

The stump has to be fairly low down in order to grind and remove the tree stump. From the quotes we received a 150mm max tree stump height is preferable.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Removing a Tree Stump

Number of Tree Stumps

Generally, contractors will offer a discounted price per stump if multiple stumps need to be removed.

Access Issues

The tree surgeon will need to get their machinery to your tree stump. The prices for tree stump removals in the back gardens will be a little higher to account for the extra labour costs of moving the tree stump grinder around. As mentioned previously, this will come to around an extra £0.50 per inch if it’s in a back garden.

Most contractors will usually require anywhere around 72 – 77cm of width clearance to ensure they can move their grinder to access your back garden. Expect to pay even more if there is no clear access.

Hardwood or Softwood

The type of wood can cause considerable changes to the price. Softwood trees will correlate to the prices above, but you may have to pay a few hundred pounds for a large hardwood tree.

Common hardwood trees in the UK include:

  • English Oak
  • Beech
  • Ash
  • Elm
  • Sycamore
  • Birch
  • Walnut

Location

Labour costs in London and the south of England are generally more expensive than elsewhere.

If the contractor needs to travel beyond a certain radius, then they may add an extra fee on top. Unless you live in a very rural location or want to use a tree surgeon that operates further afield, you shouldn’t need to pay extra.

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We’ve done our best to give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay to remove a tree stump.

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About the Author

Alex Johnson is a qualified quantity surveyor and writer with a passion for conducting original research and uncovering the true cost of jobs. His cost data has been referenced by EDF Energy and the Scottish Government.