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Trees – a matter of concern

On 18 April, we started work on the preparation of five trees for relocation in readiness for construction of the West Link Project and Haga Station

On 18 April, we started work on the preparation of five trees for relocation in readiness for construction of the West Link Project and Haga Station. The preparation of the trees in Haga is a matter of great concern to many people. During the week in which the preparations were being made, both the Swedish Transport Administration and the City of Gothenburg authorities had personnel in place in order to provide more information for those people who had experienced concern or wanted to know more about how the work on preparing the trees would proceed.

A method to stimulate root growth

The preparatory work that we have now carried out involves stimulating or promoting root growth in or near the tree. In order to relocate or protect trees with the aid of so-called vitalisation ditches is an accepted method that has been applied a number of times both in Sweden and abroad. Among other things, the method has been used with great success in connection with land decontamination at Beckholmen in Stockholm.

It takes several years to prepare mature trees for relocation. The trees need two growth seasons in leaf-bearing status in order to be able to develop their root systems. That is why it is important for us to make these preparations at this early stage since start of construction for the West Link Project is 2017/2018.