Watch: a huge tree in Plantation Garden in Norwich is lifted by a crane
3:25 p.m. February 14, 2019
19:04 November 22, 2020
This is the time when part of a 30m tree was lifted by a crane above the rooftops around Plantation Garden in Norwich.
People around Plantation Garden in Norwich on Thursday morning were treated to an unusual site: a 30m tree is slowly brought to the ground.
The decision was made to remove the horse chestnut from Earlham Road Garden after finding out it was sick.
Arborpro Tree Services, based in Long Stratton, was called in to fell the tree using a 40m high crane.
The four-person team were on site at Unthank Road on Thursday, removing sections of the tree with a chainsaw before using the crane to haul them out of the garden and onto the rooftops of neighboring houses.
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The sections – averaging between 2 and 2.5 tons each – were cut again with a chainsaw and fed into a new 8-inch chipper purchased especially for the job.
Despite its size, the tree had to be completely dismantled within hours.
Jonathan Vaughan, who runs Arborpro with his wife Eleanor, said: “There was no access to take the tree out through the plantation garden.
“With the crane, we can pull the tree into larger pieces rather than dragging it into the garden. It is more profitable.
“There are a lot of sinkholes around here, so we had to do a lot of evaluations to figure out where we were going to put the crane to make sure it didn’t tip over.”
Mr Vaughan added that the team behind Plantation Garden were planning to replant in the area from which the tree had been removed.
Although it is only a small family business, Arborpro specializes in handling large jobs such as the Tree Plantation Garden.
The company was called in to help after a tree was left in an unstable state above Bracondale in Norwich during Storm Doris in 2017.
The 200-year-old holm oak had been battered by strong winds during the storm and fell on a flint boundary wall between two gardens at the back, shattering the windows of a shed on the way down.
The city-bound lanes between the County Hall roundabout and King Street were closed as the Arborpro team lifted the tree, which was rooted in the garden of a private property, au- above a row of houses using a crane.