Wyke Sixth Form College

October 2013

Towards the end of a £20m redevelopment, Wyke College in Hull decided a large tree could create a key focal point in their new college library in the Oak building.

Choosing the right specimen which would have not only look the part but also thrive in the space required expert input, so they called on Urban Planters York to help them make the right choice.

After careful consideration of the college’s needs, the design and the environmental requirements, and working closely with our suppliers in Holland, we recommended a 4m Podocarpus macrophyllus “bonsai” tree.

The tree, whose cloud-like branches create an interesting sculptural form, was planted in a specially-commissioned 1.2m diameter brushed stainless steel container and now stands as a stunning centrepiece to the new library.

The tree is surrounded by an outer circle of high workbenches where students can study. Research shows that plants help improve concentration, so the students can experience added benefits when studying around the tree.

Urban Planters were also contracted to provide all of the care for the tree, including watering, feeding, cleaning and pruning to maintain the formation of the branches.

Following the success of the tree, we were asked to supply planters for the college’s new reception area and under a canter levered staircase. In addition to improving the aesthetics in this area, the planters also resolved a health and safety issue by preventing staff and students from walking into the stairs!