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Our tree surgeons in Norwich give advice on tree swings.

Photo of a tree in Norwich with a swing hanging from one of its branches

At first, you’re pushed, then you learn to swing on your own – and discover how high you can go. This is an enduring childhood experience and the excitement never wears off! So the only thing better than a park swing is a swing in your own garden. And if you have a suitable tree these may be installed safely and easily. However, if you’re thinking about hanging a garden swing from a tree then our tree surgeons in Norwich think there are a few things to consider.

It's always better to be safe than sorry

When it comes to swinging from a tree, is it a good idea?

Branches used to suspend a swing should be at least eight inches (20 centimetres) wide. And long enough so that the swing does not make contact with the trunk when it is in use. If there are any lumps or bulges on the branch, this could be an indication of disease or structural weakness. The branches of evergreen trees or softwood trees such as willow may break beneath the weight. Hardwood trees, on the other hand, may withstand the strain. If you’re confused about which branch to use, talk to a professional arborist who can offer guidance.

The tree's age

Swings should not be hung from trees that are too young or old. This is because they may not be able to withstand the weight. It is preferable to have a mature hardwood tree that is at least twenty-five years old. Though this can be as young as ten to fifteen years old for some species. The ideal age for an oak tree to reach maturity and be used as a swing is between twenty-five and thirty years. Consult our tree surgeons in Norwich crew if you have any doubts. The swing should not be hung more than eight feet from the tree’s main stem.

To hang a swing, which tree would be the best to use?

You’ll need to find a branch that’s at least fifteen feet above the ground to swing safely, but this shouldn’t surpass fifteen feet. Any of the above-mentioned playthings might benefit from being installed on an elevated branch.


The area in front and behind the tree should be between ten and twelve feet (three and three and a half metres) in height, free of roots or rocks. To ensure a safe landing, choose a rather soft surface, such as mulch or grass.

Avoid tying a rope or chain around a branch

A rope or chain rubbing on a tree branch will weaken and harm the branch. So you’ll need tree straps to install a swing, which can be purchased online. These should not be excessively tight to allow for the tree’s continued growth. If you have the expertise and equipment, you can drill through the branch and attach sturdy bolts. But this would necessitate the services of a professional. Tyre swings and saucer swings need the use of more anchor points.

Which method should I use to hang a tree swing?

A polyester rope with a diameter of at least three-quarters of an inch is a better option than chains. This is because it is easier to change the swing’s height. A thicker rope might be preferable if the swing is intended for adults. Natural ropes deteriorate over time and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

Raising or lowering the seat's height

From thirty centimetres to sixty centimetres in height, the seat of a child’s car can change according to the child’s age. To accommodate older children, a chair-like seat height would be ideal.


A seat swing can be adjusted to the same height as a button swing with just one piece of rope.


For a more comfortable seat, you can alter the knots beneath it to make them shorter or longer depending on how steep a slope the branch has. If you want an even swing, you’ll need a level seat. But this is less critical if you use a tyre or saucer.

Call our tree surgeons in Norwich for any more advice!

Please give us a ring or fill out our contact form if you need a tree surgeon in the Norwich Norfolk area and need the services of an expert team. We will be pleased to get back to you and provide you with a free estimate for all your tree work.

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