Project Details


York City Centre Regeneration


York, England


March 2019

About The Project

York City Council have commenced regeneration of parts of the Shambles in Roman city York. Namely, Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma gate, Walmgate and Fossgate. The Council changed the direction of traffic to reduce the volume. They relayed the road surface and repaved the York stone paths, widened the narrow footpaths, introduced street furniture and required tree planting to give a more attractive look and feel to these parts of the city. They hope it will make the area more pleasing to the residents and attract more visitors to the area.

York City Council appointed JC Trees to source and install the trees. JC Trees provide professional tree care to Councils, commercial and homeowners throughout Yorkshire.

JC Trees is a long-standing client of Green-tech and put York City Council in touch with Green-tech’s specification team, Green-tech Specifier for assistance with product demonstrations and technical information. Once the Council had decided which products were right for them. JC Trees took responsibility for installing them

What we did

Green-tech Specifier advised on everything needed for successfully planting a tree in an urban landscape setting. This included the Geo-Cellular Raft System which is strong geocellular units that lock together to form a raft system that sits within the tree pit and provides load bearing support. Green-tree Subsoil was specified as well as Geo-Cellular Raft soil; which in conjunction with the Geo-Cellular Raft System eliminates compaction of the soil and growing media within the pit; offering an ideal growing environment for trees in an urban setting to establish and flourish.

Green-tech’s tree anchoring kit was specified to secure the trees. The Mona tree irrigation system was chosen because of its ease of install and effectiveness in delivering water to the tree roots at a consistent level. Gt RootBarrier was installed to protect the nearby utility pipes from future damage of spreading tree roots. It effectively controls the roots whilst protecting them from pollutants and acids in the soil. To finish, a contemporary cast iron tree guard and grille was installed with bespoke etching specific to York City Council.

“I am delighted with the overall look of the trees and I’m over the moon with the ease of installation of all of the items but especially The Geo-Cellular Raft System. This is the first time I have used this system and it couldn’t have been simpler, yet incredibly effective. I’m really impressed, as is York City Council who are already keen to carry out the next phase of this project.”

James Clapperton – JC Trees

“York City Council is extremely happy with the results. The trees are looking great and have made a huge difference to the street. Feedback from residents has been very positive so we are delighted with the outcome.”

Shaun Harrison – York City Council