The saying, “Out with the old, in with the new” usually signifies a refreshing change. In some cases, however, the “old” should be treasured.
Instead of cutting down a hundred-year-old oak tree to make room for improvements, the city council in League City, Texas voted to relocate the tree 1,500 feet from its original location to neighboring parkland.
It took contractors just under a month to properly prepare and transport the 56-foot tree weighing nearly 260 tons to its new location.
The process involved pruning, fertilizing, and hydrating the oak tree, sampling soil, and creating a large, hand carved, planter-box at the base of the tree to contain and protect its roots.
Once the tree box was completed, four steel beams were placed underneath the box and two cranes lifted the apparatus onto a steel plate. It took three bulldozers and two excavators to then pull and guide the oak tree along a grass corridor to its home.
Moving can cause a lot of stress for a tree but so far, the old oak tree has been doing well in its new location.
Older trees are often mistakenly labeled as hazard trees and subsequently chopped down. In a public place such as a park, it is the responsibility of city officials or tree managers to exercise care, good judgment, caution, and foresight when inspecting trees and determining them necessary for removal.
By relocating, instead of destroying a healthy, older tree, League City shows its commitment to its urban forest and has honored the value and history that trees bring to a community.
You can read more about moving the 100-year-old oak here.
Check out the incredible video of the moving process below.