Special Projects

Large Specimen Tree Planting via Helicopter

Case Study: 
Large Specimen Tree Planting via Helicopter

Skies the limit!

Check out our full length feature video detailing  a high profile tree planting project undertaken in Kent.

We had to:

  • Hire a helicopter pilot and winchman experienced in tree transport
  • Source the appropriate lifting straps and cargo net sling
  • Identify a field near the planting site to deliver the tree to via lorry
  • Find and liaise with the owner of the field to obtain permission
  • Organise a crane lorry to practice the correct placement of the lifting gear
  • Prepare a risk assessment and wrap the tree ready for lifting and to withstand the air movement caused by the helicopter
  • Arrange for a large planting hole to be dug by hand
  • Transport 4 tonnes of soil to planting site via wheel barrow
  • Partially back-fill hole with new soil
  • Arrange for two support teams on day of lift; one to attach tree to helicopter, one to receive, place and plant it
  • Unwrap tree and dispose of wrappings; return lifting gear
  • Arrange for extra-long hose and timed water delivery system to water tree

Another Video of Helicopter Tree Lift

This is a video of another helicopter tree left project undertaken by the Green Oak team and our trusted partners.