Nature First uses Europe's largest tree spade

Gloucester-based tree moving and semi-mature tree specialists Nature First recently used Europe's largest tree spade to transport trees to a stud farm in Berkshire.

Nature First hires German tree spade. Image: Nature First
Nature First hires German tree spade. Image: Nature First

Nature First hired the large German tree spade – capable of lifting trees up to 150cm in girth – to transport six semi-mature oaks and three sycamores to the site in Berkshire.

Due to the height of the branches – average of 5.5 metres – specially modified Platypus anchors were used to guy the trees.

The specialist company have estimated that although the two-day hire of the specialist machinery was expensive, it was 60% more cost effective than supplying and planting new trees.


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