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Ebben Nursery in the Netherlands has lifted and prepared the 20 Metasequoia Glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood) for transportation to Hull ahead of planting in Queens Gardens.

Rootballing is the process of skilfully removing the trees from the fields from which they have been grown, and carefully wrapping the roots and surrounding soil in layers of hessian and wire mesh to ensure they are stable and suitably protected for transportation.

When the trees arrive, they will be planted directly into the pre prepared tree pits, without removing any of the layers of mesh/hessian (this will quickly decompose as the trees establish).

The root balls are then secured below ground to stabilise the trees while they establish a new root structure in the gardens.