Green-tech and gt Specifier have assisted York City Council with urban landscaping in the town centre.
York City Council is in the process of regenerating parts of the Shambles in Roman city York in North Yorkshire – Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma gate, Walmgate and Fossgate.
The direction of traffic was recently changed along Fossgate to reduce the volume and the area was overhauled, including relaying the road surface and repaving the York stone paths, widening the footpaths, and introducing street furniture and tree planting. It is hoped this will make the area more pleasing to the residents and attract more visitors to the area. Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma gate and Walmgate will receive their makeover at the end of March 2019.
To install the trees, the council appointed local company JC Trees, a well-respected provider of professional tree care to councils, commercial clients and homeowners throughout Yorkshire.
JC Trees is a long-standing client of Green-tech and put York City Council in touch with Green-tech’s specification team gt Specifier for assistance with product demonstrations and technical information. Once the council had decided which products were right for them JC Trees took responsibility for installing them.
Green-tech supplied everything needed for successfully planting a tree in an urban landscape setting. This included the ArborRaft tree planting system which is strong geocellular units that lock together to form a raft system that sits within the tree pit and provides load bearing support. Green-tree Subsoil was used as well as ArborRaft soil which in conjunction with the ArborRaft system eliminates compaction of the soil and growing media within the pit. It offers an ideal growing environment for trees in an urban setting to establish and flourish.
Green-tech’s new tree anchoring kit was specified to secure the trees. The Mona tree irrigation system was chosen because of its ease of install and effectiveness in delivering water to the tree roots at a consistent level. Gt RootBarrier was installed to protect the nearby utility pipes from future damage of spreading tree roots. It effectively controls the roots whilst protecting them from pollutants and acids in the soil.
To finish, a contemporary cast iron tree guard and grille was installed with bespoke etching specific to York City Council.
James Clapperton from JC Trees said: “I am delighted with the overall look of the trees and I’m over the moon with the ease of installation of all of the items but especially The ArborRaft System. This is the first time I have used this system and it couldn’t have been simpler, yet incredibly effective. I’m really impressed, as is York City Council who are already keen to carry out the next phase of this project.”
Shaun Harrison from York City Council added: “York City Council is extremely happy with the results. The trees are looking great and have made a huge difference to the street. Feedback from residents has been very positive so we are delighted with the outcome.”