Glendale Civic Trees brings giant tree spade into play for park project

Glendale Civic Trees was called in to relocate three trees in a park to make room for a new railway bridge.

Glendale Civic Trees used the UK’s largest tractor-mounted tree spade. Image: Glendale Civic Trees
Glendale Civic Trees used the UK’s largest tractor-mounted tree spade. Image: Glendale Civic Trees

The national mature and semi-mature tree supplier brought the UK’s largest tractor-mounted tree spade into service to move the three Sequoiadendron gigantium Wellingtonia trees in Ladybarn Park, Manchester.

The trees were situated in the exact spot where infrastructure specialist J.Murphy & Sons needed to position a crane to remove the old bridge near Mauldeth Road Station and install its replacement. 

Once the relocation was complete the crane was able to lift out the old bridge, which had reached the end of its useable life, and replace it with a new one.

Glendale’s new North West-based arboriculture enterprise was originally approached to relocate the trees, estimated to be between 15 and 20 years in age, but due to their size, arboricuturists called in their colleagues for the job.

Marc Greenaway, operations manager at Glendale Civic Trees, said: "The time constraints of the project meant we needed to act quickly to relocate the trees, which combined with wet ground and rather tight site access meant somewhat challenging conditions. In the end it took our team just two days to relocate the three trees.

"Tree pads were placed around the relocation site by the Murphy team to prevent the tree spade churning up the ground, and the team also ensured surrounding paths were cleared and the ground was reinstated.

"It was important to take good care of the trees throughout the process, particularly as they’re an interesting species with a lot of history having first been brought into the UK from California in the 1850s by plant collector William Lobb."

Civic Trees has been supplying, planting and relocating mature and semi-mature trees since 1963. In addition to the largest tractor mounted tree spade in the UK, it also boasts the largest fleet of tree spades.

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