Relocating a veteran tree
As a consequence of the re-development of the Waitrose store in Dorking, Challice Consulting was commissioned to help with the relocation of an historic mulberry tree sited in the Waitrose car park next to the Dorking Youth Centre.
On Thursday 30 May 2013, this 200 year old tree was carefully transported to its new home in the Dorking Community Orchard on Ranmore Road.
The project was funded by the Waitrose chain after it become apparent that the re development of the store threatened the survival of this veteran tree. The whole operation took around 9 hours to carry out, with work starting at 8am when the tarmac surrounding the tree was first broken and the earth removed in order to free the root system of the tree. The roots were then packed into chicken wire before the whole of the tree was lifted up and put onto a truck to be taken to its new home.
How is the mulberry finding its new home?
Four weeks after Challice Consulting helped relocate/relocated this veteran mulberry tree to the Dorking Community Orchard, the tree seems to be settling in very nicely. The mulberry roots/base is now covered in mulch, running 150mm deep and 3m wide, suppressing any weed growth and preventing the soil from drying out. Alongside this, a leaky hose has been installed delivering approximately 100 litres of water a week over a 3 hour period insuring the tree is suitably hydrated. The mulch surrounding the tree also produces organic matter when it rots down which furthermore improves water retention that is crucial to the tree’s survival.
During a visit to water the mulberry, David Challice of Challice Consulting Ltd. and a committee member of the Dorking Community Orchard, said “The tree looks a lot healthier than I would have ever imagined. It’s a real delight to see it settling in so well. Every month that the tree looks green is a month that fills me with confidence for its future successful resettling in this beautiful location.”