These trees will be here for hundreds of years, providing a spectacular green legacy to match the grandeur of this unique Monument
A Memorial in London’s Green Park to honour the 55,573 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives in World War II, is now under construction and is due to be completed in time for a Dedication and Unveiling on Thursday 28th June 2012 (www.bombercommand.com).
As the Memorial nears completion, the substantial new landscaping to complement its setting on the edge of Green Park has started with the planting of two magnificent nine metre tall semi-mature London plane trees framing the facade onto Piccadilly. In keeping with the setting, they were ‘flown’ into position using the temporary site crane, with passing members of the public noting how appropriate the species, plane, was for the circumstances!
Top UK tree consultant, Jeremy Barrell (www.barrelltreecare.co.uk), who has been overseeing the tree issues on the site for the last two years, commented: "This is the highest profile project in London right now and it needed a spectacular green statement to frame the stunning white Portland stone of the Memorial. What better than two iconic plane trees big enough to make an instant green impact from day one?"
Jeremy Barrell went on to explain the difficulties with the installation into this Westminster Street, packed with underground services: “Such big trees would not have survived a season without special preparation of the rooting environment below the street. We chose the DeepRoot Silva Cell (www.deeproot.com) because of its proven track record of successfully establishing big trees in the most hostile rooting conditions found in busy cities. Despite the criss-crossing services, we have managed to provide each tree with about 18 cubic metres of good soil in the street, with long term access for roots into the nearby Green Park as the trees mature. These trees will be here for hundreds of years, providing a spectacular green legacy to match the grandeur of this unique Monument.”
The project architect, Liam O’Connor, also designed the highly acclaimed Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. The extensive new green surround of trees and shrubbery to the Monument is being installed by The Master Gardeners, one of London’s top landscape contractors.
For more information on trees contact: Jeremy Barrell (www.barrelltreecare.co.uk) at 01425 651470 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the project design Liam O’Connor Master Planners, Landscape Designers and Architects (www.liamoconnor.com) at 020 7250 1983 or email@example.com.
For more information on the project landscaping. John Plummer (www.themastergardeners.co.uk) at 020 8200 9559 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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