Job Done: Tree relocation at Southampton cricket club

Project Tree moving at a cricket club
Client Hampshire Cricket/The Rose Bowl
Contractor Civic Trees

A major tree-moving project at the home of Hampshire Cricket saw Civic Trees relocating dozens of mature London planes. One of the largest tree-moving projects in the firm's 46-year history moved 88 London plane trees to make way for a £45m development of the Rose Bowl site in Southampton.

The ring of trees — which have stem circumferences of between 60cm and 80cm — were moved to create an avenue at the site's main approach. Civic Trees — which joined Glendale in February 2006 — used a 2.15m-diameter machine, the country's largest tractor-mounted tree spade, to move the trees.

A number of trees were relocated into a nursery where they will be stored while the development takes place before being returned to the main site as work nears completion.

As part of the planned scheme, the existing nine-hole golf course will be developed into an 18-hole Championship Course, which will be incorporated into the landscape surrounding the Rose Bowl.

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