"TreePans" to protect newly planted trees launched

Former Institute of Chartered Foresters development director Russell Horsey used yesterday's (8 November) National Tree Officers Conference to launch the US-designed TreePan on the UK market.

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Available in a range of colours, the lipped plastic discs are designed to suppress mulch and retain moisture around newly-planted trees, so reducing after-care, while yielding as the tree grows to prevent trunk damage.

"It's easy to clip together, though deliberately harder to take off again," Horsey said. "It also protects the tree from strimmer and mower damage - there are fewer issues with strimmers in the US, where they keep them on for three years, but here we suggest five."

TreePans.com co-founder Ben Brown said: "We see the main market for it as municipalities and non-profits - they have been used successfully in orchards and community tree planting. You can even put your organisation's branding on it."

He added: "Brown is the biggest seller, for the natural look, though you might want a brighter colour so contractors know to avoid them."

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