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RE: Moving a mature Ginkgo tree

Subject: RE: Moving a mature Ginkgo tree
From: Deric Newman
Date: Dec 08 2006 09:26:31
Well Done Bill, we like our equipment tested to it's limits!

In our experience of relocating very large trees the two years preparation 
should give the tree the best chance for a successful re-establishment, 
especially if coupled with some crown reduction work (up to 30% if possible) 
at the time of moving.

A 64cm diameter would give it a girth of slightly over 2.0m - a size of tree 
that we have moved in the past, with varying degrees of success. What are the 
chances of this tree surviving? Probably only 50:50 as so many of the factors 
affecting the trees re-establishment are unknown until the time of lifting. 

Jonathan, I think that was my presentation that you recall from the LTOA 
meeting. I obviously need to make them more memorable in future!

Jeremy, I'd be happy to come and look at the tree in question to offer 
further advice.



Deric Newman 
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-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: 08 December 2006 08:39
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Re: Moving a mature Ginkgo tree

In a message dated 08/12/2006 07:37:59 GMT Standard Time, writes:

The  proposal 
states a 2 year
preparation period for moving the  tree during which the roots 
will be pruned
in segments.   A 5 year watering period has been included

That's more or less in accordance with Chris Newman's diktats of many years  
ago. Common sense suggests that such a tree will need a massive rootball and 
the  opportunities for disaster are numerous. My initial thoughts are that 
you're on  a hiding to nothing; shifting 8 metre tall Planes or Hornbeams we 
accomplished  fairly readily with a high degree of success, occasionally with 
preparation,  but we finally wrecked the 'Newman Tree Trailer' by attempting 
pull a similar  sized Lime out of the ground. That particular tree remained 
where it was,  apparently oblivious to the indignities it had suffered, until 
was cut down  to make way for Supertram; Sheffield's new mass transit system.

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