Nottingham Trent University city site is in Nottingham city centre, with 30 buildings surrounded by 5.1 hectares of open space. The heart of the campus underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in 2015, which included two new buildings in the Clifton complex with landscaped outdoor spaces. Green-tech supplied the landscaping materials.
The landscaping works included planting 50 large, established trees to maximise aesthetic and biodiversity value. The landscaping contract was awarded to Ulyett Landscapes Limited, based in the East Midlands, which turned to gt Specifer, the specification team of leading landscape supplier, Green-tech, for advice on the most suitable products for planting, securing and encouraging the healthy growth of the trees.
Taking into account tree size, and inclined site, the team recommended the ArborRaft Tree Planting system. This system combines nutrient-rich ArborRaft soil with exceptionally strong geocellular units, which create a healthy growing space for trees in urban areas. Green-tech supplied an anchoring system for each tree, the mona tree-irrigation system, rootbarrier, subsoil, and ArboRaft soil and bark for top dressing.
Revisiting two years on, Barry Browne who heads up the gt Specifier team comments: “This was a great project to work on. Nottingham Trent University is one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly universities and we were thrilled to be able to help them to create a sustainable, ecologically-sound campus. The provision of green grass and open spaces were pivotal to the University’s redevelopment plans to provide places to unwind and reconnect with the outside world. We are always keen to follow up on any project that we have been so heavily involved with and see how the trees are doing. We were thrilled to see that all the trees are thriving. The landscape looked lush and green, and the campus looked very smart. Several months after the initial project, the ArboRaft System was specified once again when the adjoining car park was revamped. Here too, the trees are healthy and flourishing.”
The ArborRaft system has been used in many high-profile projects across the UK.