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30th October 2023

The 99 trees to be planted in Queens Gardens have been selected.

Landscape Architects, Southern Green and Gavin Jones, Landscape Construction Company have selected the 99 trees that will be planted in this planting season November to March.

The trees have been sourced from an Accredited Supplier in the Netherlands, Ebben Trees, with some of them as old as 40 years already. Each of the individually selected trees have been tagged with a tamper proof project specific and numbered tag, and recorded so we ensure each specific tree is planted in the correct location.

Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “Using specialist landscape architects to source the trees for Queens Gardens is an important stage of the planting process. Careful selection of these quality semi-mature trees will help to ensure their long-term success and with some having a lifespan of up to 250 years, we are securing the future of this important green space in our city centre.”

Ricky Whiteman, Head of Estimating (North), Gavin Jones said: "Working with Ebben Trees is always a pleasure, the service is amazing, and the quality of the trees is top-notch. The biggest tree we tagged was 155cm girth, I can’t wait to see the trees delivered to the site in Hull.”

Noud de Jong of Ebben Trees said: "After 40 years of care, we are very happy these trees have found a beautiful new place in Hull where they can grow and develop the rest of their lives to create a green living environment for those living there and all visitors of Hull."

When the nursery lifts the trees, they will use specialist heavy duty machinery with varying tree spades to suit the size of each individual tree, the root balls are first wrapped in hessian, then wrapped in wire mesh. When the trees arrive on site in the coming months, they are planted directly into the soil without removing any of the layers of mesh or material. The hessian and wire will over time naturally decompose, allowing the roots to expand into the surrounding soil unhindered as the trees establish.

Prior to delivery and the planting of the trees, tree pits will be prepared.