News and information – Pōhutukawa to be moved to a new playground

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The relocation work begins today (Monday, November 1) and is expected to last five days (weather permitting).

Relocation of trees is a complex and complex process, and success ultimately depends on the quality of the root system, and the size and mobility of the roots depend on the nature of the soil in which they have been.

The trees are all located near the existing playground. Three of the four trees are immediately moved to different places in the park. The fourth will be temporarily stored in place until it can be lifted to its final location in the play area, where it will provide instant shade. A fifth tree is being felled and will be turned into mulch as it is not suitable for transplanting.

Parts of Frank Kitts Park will be fenced off during construction for reasons of public health and safety – and trees. Traffic and parking will not be affected by the work.

What does the moving process look like?

  • We will carefully dig around the tree to expose the root system ready for pruning.
  • We will prune the roots to create a “root ball” large enough to ensure the survival of the tree once moved.
  • The root ball should be contained using specialized lifting frames, strops and chains.
  • The root ball will then be cut to cut all the roots under the root ball.
  • The entire tree, including the root ball, will then be lifted from these specialized frames using a crane.
  • The shaft is then either placed in its new position or on a truck to be moved to its new position and then lifted off the truck again with the crane.
  • The tree is then put into the pre-excavated hole at its new location.
  • When properly positioned, all lifting frames, chains and struts are removed.
  • The trees will be mulched and irrigated.
  • Trees will be monitored, soil moisture levels checked and mulch will be completed until they are established in their new location.
  • Watch a video on how the process works here.


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