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Accredited members collaborate on Northern refurbishment project

25 Oct 2023 | BALI Member News

Accredited Group, Gavin Jones has successfully been awarded the soft landscaping package for the refurbishment of Queen Gardens Hull, working for main contracts CR Reynolds.

The Queens Gardens was once the site of the UK's largest dock until it was filled in during the 1930s. Once completed, the site will feature maritime-inspired installations and be used to hold large outdoor events. Gillian Osgerby, Hull Maritime Project Director, said the refurbishment plans were a key part of telling the story of Hull's maritime history.

The site will be enhanced by 99 large trees sourced from an Accredited Supplier, Ebben Trees. Landscape Architect Liam Haggarty from Southern Green joined Ricky and Isabel from Gavin Jones for a tree tagging visit in the Netherlands last week where the trees were chosen. 

The tagged Metasequoia trees have a girth size of 120-140cm and a total height of +-10m. The rootball size of the trees is 2.15m dia with an average weight of 3500-4500 kg. The trees will be +- 40 years old and have been transplanted at least 10 times in Ebben Tree's nursery.

In those 40 years, they have been maintained yearly by pruning them to create a nice consistent shape and uniform batch to select from.

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."

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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, watch this space moving forward and I will keep you updated with progress pictures throughout each stage."

The Queens Gardens refurbishment is an integral part of the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project as it will link the Hull Maritime Museum to the North End Shipyard – which will be the new home of the historic Arctic Corsair. The shipyard is being transformed into a new visitor attraction, which will tell its rich story for the first time.

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