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Craning trees into rear garden

Craning trees into rear garden

Our clients were undertaking a refurbishment programme at their home in Kensington, London and wished to add trees to their rear garden, which had no vehicular access. We had been acclimatising their carefully selected trees at our Tree & Hedge Nursery in Iver, Buckinghamshire for the previous twelve months, waiting for the house renovations to be completed.

We called in an expert crane hire company, who used their 100 tonne mobile crane to lift the six large rootball trees into the rear garden using our Newman Frame, which is a bespoke attachment for lifting trees with care, over the rooftops, positioning directly into the pre-prepared planting pit, in the rear garden.

The trees were:

  • Box head Tilia cordata or small-leaved limes
  • Multi stemmed Amelanchier lamarckii or snowy mespilus
  • Mature Acer palmatum Bloodgood or Japanese maple
    The works, which were undertaken by in-house experts, included two days of onsite preparation, a full road closure, planting and project management.
RHS Hampton Court Flower Show Results

The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2016 has showcased more stunning garden designs this year, made all the more challenging to create due to the unseasonal weather. Practicality Brown are proud to have contributed to the following medal-winning gardens, for which we provided Elveden Instant Hedge, Elements and hedging plants.

 

Gold Medals

• Show Gardens:

A Dog’s Life Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes for The Dogs Trust

World Vision Garden designed by John Warland (Senseless Acts of Beauty)

• Summer Gardens:

A Summer Retreat designed by Laura Arison and Amanda Waring for CCLA

The Lavender Garden designed by Paula Napper, Sarah Warren and Donna King

 

Silver-Gilt Medal

• Show Garden: PMS: Outside Inside Garden for NAPS designed by Emma Bannister

• Summer Garden: A breath of Fresh Air designed by Rae Wilkinson for The Abbeyfield Society

 

Bronze Medal

• Show Garden: Cancer Research UK’s Life Garden designed by Antonia Young Built by Jeff Rosenblatt

Moving trees for Microsoft

Practicality Brown moved and transplanted three semi-mature Pyrus Chanticleer (Callery Pear) trees at the Microsoft Campus in Reading, West Berkshire.

The trees formed part of the soft landscaping at the prestigious Reading campus, but had grown too large at their location, restricting potential building and extension plans.  Instead of simply cutting down and removing the trees altogether, PBL advised Microsoft that the trees could be transplanted to a new location within the grounds, using a specialised tree spade machine.  This enables the trees to be saved continued to be enjoyed by campus users and a greener environment for everyone.

Each tree was moved individually, in one action, using the tree spades to carefully lift the tree and roots out of its location and move it to a prepared hole of the same size and shape.  Great care and planning were employed with the machine working so close to the building and to safe guard the ground in the new planting area.

Trees craned into small gardens in London

Practicality Brown was asked to plant two large trees into small residential gardens on a new boundary of a University in Camden Town, London.  The residents had their existing trees removed during the demolition of the old boundary wall to make way for the erection of a new one. Each replacement tree had to be carefully craned from over the building from street side to the small Read more

Elegant trees for impact

A private client in Walton on Thames was seeking trees to complement their front garden and selected trees from our nursery, under the guidance of our experienced horticultural specialist. Five deciduous trees were chosen for appearance and suitability for their location. The chosen trees were a Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’) with a girth of 35-40cm girth, a Sweet Gum Read more

Large Trees for maximum impact

With a reputation for planting big trees, we were asked to plant three very large, semi mature tulip trees (Liriodendron), at a private garden on the Oxfordshire/ Berkshire borders. Over 13 metres tall and girth circumferences of 100cm+, these trees required careful transportation, lifting and handling during installation. See the hedge & tree projects page for more images.

Screening Trees Craned into London back garden

Screening Trees

A client living in Thurloe Square, London (near the Victoria and Albert Museum) wanted trees as a screen in their rear garden, which had no vehicular access.

Our solution was to use a crane to lift the Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) trees into position.  With the limited access, this project required road closures; then each of the trees were when lifted over the rooftops and positioned directly into the prepared planting pit in the rear garden.

Unusual Specimen Tree Sourcing

Our client in Wiltshire was looking for an unusual specimen tree to take pride of place in his beautiful cottage garden. We sourced and planted a beautiful Chinese beech tree (Fagus enleriana) which is a rare and graceful medium size tree with slender, sea-green foliage hanging from horizontal branches. The tree weight was 1.6 ton so we used a telescopic telehandler machine to safely unload and Read more

New Build Tree & Hedge Planting Project

The client had built a spectacular new country home in East midlands on former pasture land and The Landscape Practice, based in York, designed the scheme. Practicality Brown won this project on a competitive tender basis; sourcing, supplying and planting 132 trees and 190 metres of Elveden Instant Hedge, together with an associated aftercare programme. This was an Read more

Topiary Garden Design and Build

Elegant Topiary Garden

Practicality Brown were commissioned to design and build an elegant topiary garden around the client’s rotunda in a private garden in Kent. We supplied and planted 24 semi mature trees, Instant Hedge and Specimen Topiary; the project required a high level of in-house project management and coordination with other trades on site and the entire design and build programme, from start to handover, was just eight weeks.