If the University of Regina in the U.S can do this for trees on their campus surely we can do the same for Stephen's Green?Move the trees to a temporary location elsewhere in the green or the Phoenix park and when the metro work's complete move them back.Giant tree spades can remove trees up to 40 inch's across and lager trees can be moved by other means.
In preparation for campus construction, the University of Regina initiated one of the largest tree moving projects in North America.
More than 240 trees, some up to 15 metres (60 feet) in height, were moved to locations around the University of Regina campus. Approximately 65 trees were cut down, as they were either in poor condition or too large to be moved successfully. The relocation took place in September 2002.
Trees moved include Scotch Pine, Colorado Spruce, American Elm, Green Ash, Little Leaf Linden, Shubert Chokecherry, Common Hackberry, Ornamental Crab, Golden Willow, Bur Oak, and Amur Maple.
There are no naturally occurring trees in Regina; each tree on the University of Regina campus was hand planted.
The largest tree spade in North America â€“ the 124-inch BIGGER DIGGER â€“ was built in Alberta and used on the tree relocation project.
The tallest tree moved was a 15-metre Scotch Pine.
The total cost of the project was $350,000 â€“ the replacement value of the trees moved was well in excess of $1 million.
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