The Beech Trees' Journey from Hamburg to Walton-on-the-Hill

A Frith Park Case Study

Our commitment to the environment is well documented but at our new Frith Park development, this dedication was taken to a whole new level.  We had always pledged to plant nearly 1,000 as part of an extensive tree management, planting and bio-diversity programme but one of the first tasks on site was the removal of dead and diseased trees.  This was not only to remove some dangerous, unstable trees but to also make way for the planting of the new ones.

30 beech trees were used for planting alongside the driveway to reinstate the original carriage drive of a bygone age.

Thus begun the journey of the new beech trees from selection in Hamburg, Germany to planting at Walton-on-the-Hill.

Progress of the trees in pictures

Our recycling programme is also well underway and already we’ve seen woodchips from the dead and diseased trees that we talked about earlier be used to create biomass, a renewable and sustainable fuel source.  This is of huge economic and environmental importance as more often than not, this valuable organic material is otherwise often dumped in landfills or burned. The mulch is ground to a consistency that is perfect for wood-fuelled boiler systems and one of the best kept environmental secrets, as it burns clean and is a fraction of the cost of natural gas.

Finally, stumps that had been collected from the on-going tree works on-site, two new mounting blocks (topped with chicken wire) for local riders were placed either side of the motorway bridge.

It’s been a thoroughly informative procedure following the journey of the beech trees culminating in their planting at Frith Park.  They will be present for generations to enjoy over the coming trees as they mature and flourish.