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Rock Walk project Torquay

The removal of 35 mature trees with the use of a 250 tonne mobile crane

Back in 2008 we undertook major arboricultural works In Torquay at Rock Walk - also known as Royal Terrace Gardens, and formerly known as Fisherman’s Walk. This popular site is on the register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historical Interest and was originally planted with sub-tropical vegetation.  Sadly, this area had become overgrown and the cliff face unstable, necessitating the removal of most of the large Monterey Cypress and Holm Oak trees.

Due to the hazardous nature of this site, the project required highly skilled arborists, trained and experienced in dismantling trees with the aid of a crane. Approximately 35 mature trees (some weighing up to 10 tonnes) were removed using one of the largest cranes in the country. The work was further complicated by the instability of the cliff, requiring exceptional health and safety measures, including on-site communication by 2-way radios. The team also included experienced groundsmen, who undertook the difficult task of removal of small trees and scrub clearance.

As we have stringent environmental and waste control policies, all brushwood was chipped and recycled as garden mulch.

Rock Walk project Torquay
Others may not have realised how difficult a task your staff had on the cliff face and, no doubt, in all the preparatory and ongoing work, none of which the general public could ever hope to appreciate given such a gigantic task. May I say 'Well done!' to all your team and the crane hire company staff for their efforts.

Mr Dave Boulter MBE Torquay resident