Southend Borough Council has worked hard to revive the town’s fortunes with skillful regeneration of civic amenities, particulary around the Plaza, the paved area adjacent to the rail terminus for trains arriving from London’s Liverpool Street Station.
Rick Milsom, the Council’s Arboricultural Officer, had a challenging legacy of stunted trees planted on ‘various old roads, pockets of what could be called soil and a concoction of who knows what’. The situation was further complicated by an ill-recorded assortment of underground service runs.
GreenBlue Urban supplied 11 x GBU ArborSystem tree pits and the modular form of the GreenBlue Urban StrataCells to give scope for an irregular shaped matrix, maximising the root soil volume without disturbing the service runs. The future integrity of the service runs was also safeguarded by GBU ReRoot root barrier membranes and load-bearing Geonet.
Rick Milsom commented that "after two years the new trees are doing well and have put on up to 600mm of new growth".
GBU was pleased that he also used their other products such as Ullswater tree guards, Brittany Bronze Precast Arboresin grilles, RootRain and Arborvent irrigation and aeration systems to produce a transformed public realm worthy of the reviving status of the town.