Tree Moving Service

Practicality Brown can transplant large trees, as we have the appropriate expertise and specialised tree moving equipment.  We undertake tree moving on a regular basis for a number of private and commercial organisations throughout the UK.

Tree Spade Optimal 1100

Optimal Tree Spade moving individual trees

We have Tree Spade machines which are capable of transplanting trees up to 100cm in girth.  Our Gallery has more photos showing our tree spade machines in action.

Tree Transplanting Service

Practicality Brown can offer two different tree spades according to tree size, which are available on a price per tree or day work rates. Please contact us for a quote.

We have two Tree Spades available:

Moving trees

Practicality Brown have over 30 years’ experience in tree transplanting and have several Tree Spade machines, including an Optimal 1100 mounted on a Kramer 520 Compact Loader and a Big John 1.6m 4×4 Truck-Mounted Tree spade.

Machines can be supplied with ‘flotation tyres’ for work on sensitive ground, are operated by experienced, trained operators and backed up by a skilled planting team, if needed, for securing the trees or assisting with planting.

We specialise in moving medium sized trees 30-50cm girth for parks, private estates and landowners, golf and sports clubs.  This service is also invaluable for Landscape Contractors to extend their own range of capabilities.

Why use a Tree spade to transplant a tree?

Key reasons our clients like us to move their trees;

  1. Changing garden/landscape or building designs
  2. Replacing with more appropriate or native species
  3. Relocating for planning requirements
  4. Thinning out overcrowded woodland and copses
  5. Moving a number of existing trees is often less expensive that buying a new ones

Moving Trees


There is a great history of landscape designing in Britain. In the 18th century, landscape architects such as Charles BridgemanWilliam Kent and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown created English landscape gardens by clearing land, including trees, to create grand vistas. Some of these trees were felled, but others were planted or transplanted using just manual labour, horse and man-power.

More recently, pioneers in tree moving have had a programme of relocating trees from country estates and woodlands into developing urban areas and as tree spades evolved – Practicality Brown first acquired one in early 1980s – tree survival rates began to rise. The urban landscapes started to change forever with instant first-generation planting.


With the introduction of the lorry-mounted tree spade, tree lifting, moving and planting projects have increased and this instant impact, either for aesthetic looks or for screening, has become a focus of garden designers and landscape architects alike. Many established schools, universities, golf courses, business parks and country estates increasingly see tree moving as a cost effective way to utilise overcrowded woodland areas to enhance new developments on their sites. On new builds and development sites, it is often a condition of the planning permission that existing trees must be “saved” and replanted in appropriate locations once building work is complete.

More recently homeowners have been tempted by developers to partition off and sell large sections of their property – often woodland – so new houses can be built. This involves a lot of tree moving and re-location to create new landscapes and boundaries.

Practicality Brown can help with all aspects of tree moving and planting; simply contact us with your enquiry.