Towards the end of a £20m redevelopment, Wyke College in Hull wanted advice on a suitable large tree to provide a key focal point in their new college library in the Oak building, so they called on Urban Planters York to help them make the right choice.
After careful consideration of the college’s needs, as well as the design and environmental requirements, Urban Planters York’s Gary Goodman decided on the most suitable tree.
Working closely with our suppliers in Holland, Gary recommended a 4m Podocarpus macrophyllus “bonsai” tree, originally grown in the Far East, which was shipped to the UK and installed in the college.
The tree was planted in a specially-commissioned 1.2m diameter brushed stainless steel container and now provides a stunning centrepiece to the new library.
The tree is surrounded by an outer circle of high workbenches where students can study under the branches above, and, as it has been proved that plants help improve concentration, the students should experience added benefits when studying by 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 “cloud” formation and were subsequently asked to supply planters for the college’s new reception area and under a canter levered staircase. In addition to adding to the aesthetics in this area, the planters also resolved a health and safety issue by preventing staff and students from walking into the stairs!