Eagle House Atrium, Immediate Media, Bristol by Charlie Noton

When Immediate Media approached us to help design a space in their new office in Bristol City Centre, we jumped at the chance. 

Charlie, our Director and Lead Consultant came up with a radical idea to fill a 7 story, glass sided Atrium; a suspended 4m tall trees with its rootball encased in a Dodecahedron, bespoke planter framed by climbers and trailing plants at either end of the Atrium.

Planning was soon underway when the team at Immediate Media saw the proposed scheme.

After months of work involving many skilled craftsmen and women, numerous nursery visits from our Procurement Manager, Michael and many meetings on site with structural engineers, we arrived on site in early June 2019.

To install the top, bespoke steel troughs, was a mammoth task. On a scaffolding platform 17m above street level, we irrigated and drained the trough to provide a sustainable solution for what could have been a dead space.

Scindapsus trebie, 5m tall contract grown plants were installed to trail down with some Sanseveria planted to provide some up right interest.In the ground floor planter, Trachelospermum and Dicksonia antartica are planted for high impact interest in a very communal area with in the office space.

 The suspended tree is a Bucida buceras or Black Olive. Suspended in a 1100mm diameter bespoke planter with a built in reservoir, this offers a green chandelier solution to what could have been a wasted space. An open plan stair case in the atrium allows people to admire the tree from any level.

Certainly the most technical installation Tree Research has completed to date.

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The Dinosaur Trust Auction by Charlie Noton

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The Dinosaur Trust was set up by Jamie and Julia Strachan, parents to Archie, who was diagnosed at the age of two with Pulmonary artery hypertension.

Archie’s Dinosaur - 2017

Archie’s Dinosaur - 2017

The charity supports adults and children with PAT and their families and networks with medical experts to ensure data is shared around the world. In addition, funding raised has enabled invaluable research into finding a cure.

The first fundraising event, an auction, was supported by family, friends, friends of friends and businesses and included a drawing of a dinosaur by Archie -the inspiration for the name of the charity. Archie produces a dinosaur drawing at each auction and this is always the highlight!

The donations have grown over the years and we are delighted to be donating a 60 year old Quercus palustris (Pin Oak) Tree for the 2019 auction being held on 15th June 2019.

We are looking forwards to hearing where the below  14m tall tree tree will find its new home and look forward to seeing the fiery red leaves on this beautiful tree come Autumn!

Going up for auction: 60 year old Quercus palustris (Pin Oak) Tree

Going up for auction: 60 year old Quercus palustris (Pin Oak) Tree

RHS Show highlights by Charlie Noton

The RHS shows are well underway!

First up for us was the World Famous Chelsea Flower Show. This year looked to be strong as ever with some world class gardens on show. The highlights from Chelsea for us this year, were Mark Gregory’s ‘Welcome to Yorkshire Garden’, Andy Sturgeon’s ‘M&G Garden’ and Joe Perkins ‘Facebook Garden’ - three beautifully produced gardens that really told a story.

The joys of show gardens for me is the world class horticulture and craftmanship on show. To produce a garden in 18 days for the world to see is special. The gardens demonstrate the strength that UK Horticulture really does have and cements that our industry is truly amazing.

Chatsworth has to be set in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.

Set with in the grounds of Chatsworth House, many gardens are able to borrow the rolling hills of the landscape around the house. The gardens this year were of a high quality but the star of the show for me was Jamie Butterworth’s ‘Wedgewood garden’. His Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea standard was a show stopper at any show. Cornus kousa and Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Domes anchored the structure in the garden with some superb herbaceous planting to finish the garden off.

 Really looking forward to seeing the delights of Hampton Court…

From left to right:

Chelsea: Jonathan Snow, Thomas Hoblyn, Andy Sturgeon, Mark Gregory, Laurélie de la Salle
Chatsworth: Jamie Butterworth

Crane lift - Chelsea, London by Charlie Noton

Jonathan Snow approached us to help with a very tricky planting site.

Cheyne Row is a very narrow street in Chelsea, London with very tight access. Jonathan’s remit was simple: plant the trees into a narrow town house garden. The task sounded simple enough until we visited site. The trees, Acer ginnala multistem and a Standard Magnolia grandiflora weighed 4 and 2 tonne respectively.

 After months of planning, several road closures, many parking bays suspended and one 80 tonne crane later we began to lift the trees over a 4 story town house. In between down pours the trees were expertly lifted over into some mammoth planting pits and secured in place with underground anchors. 12 tonne of spoil was also removed from site but the result was superb. It was an absolute pleasure to be involved with this project and certainly up there as one of the most exciting projects for us in recent times.

Many thanks to Jonathan Snow Design for the opportunity to be involved on such an exciting project.

The two trees at the nursery:

Our GoPro gives an amazing view of the London rooftops, whilst Jonathan’s steady hand captured the lift from the outside perspective.

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National Tree Week 2018 by Charlie Noton

National Tree Week is the UK’s largest celebration of trees and coincides with the start of the winter planting season - a hugely busy time for Tree Research! In celebration, we have brought together some of our favourite artists and exhibitions of 2018.

Charlie, Director, Tree Research

MONDAY: HUMPHRY REPTON - the last great landscape architect of the 1800’s.
The Garden Museum has a fabulous exhibition ‘Repton Revealed’, which hosts 24 of his amazing Red Books - used to present plans to clients. He used illustrations and before and after overlays - each a work of art in the design and marketing concept alone! Exhibition closes 3rd February 2019.

TUESDAY: Myong Ho Lee
This South Korean photographer and artist places a canvas behind a sole tree with stunning results, showcasing the trees to perfection. Click here to see more of his work as featured in the Yossi Milo Gallery

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WEDNESDAY: HENRY BRUDNELL-BRUCE
A combination of sculpture, woodwork and painting contribute to the uniqueness of these works of art. The above three are my favourites and the Pink Oak also raises awareness of the disease Phytophthora and its devastating impact on the Oak population. Please take a look at Henry’s Instagram post for more works @henrybbruce

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THURSDAY: OLIVER BARNETT
These amazing photographs are the work of photographer Oliver Barnett, based in South Africa.

Through experimentation with depth of field and other relevant photographic techniques, I attempt to fuse bilateral symmetry, which humans instinctively recognize, with other planes of symmetry such as radial and rotational, which are more prevalent in the natural world of plants and other organic structures. Oliver Barnett

More of Oliver’s work can be found at on his website or in his Instagram feed @oliver_barnett_

FRIDAY: VAISHNAVI BRASSEY
The beautiful song ‘If Trees Could Talk’, was released on the eve of National Tree Week. A special song for us as Vee, one half of EarthMantra, is a friend and works as a freelancer for Tree Research. 100% of the profits are going to Extinction Rebellion. To read more or download the single, please check out https://vaishnavi.bandcamp.com/releases

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RHS Hampton by Charlie Noton

When the company receives a phone call to help at the largest annual flower show in the world, it was always going to be a yes.
Rose Mcmonigall received news that the trees she had requested were not possible any more so she rang us to help.
After a few phone calls  (and I am pleased to announce no last minutes drives to Tuscany for this one) and a few logistical emails we were well on the way to helping Rose fulfil her spec.


Michael Buck, General Manager

The trees arrived on time and it great condition. After 3 hours of manouvering from the ground staff at Hampton Court Flower Show, the trees were placed in situ. The construction team at Bowood were immediately set to task to secure these heavy specimens in the strengthening wind.

After several days of TLC as the build went on the trees settled and relaxed and became one of the main features of the garden.
Thankfully after the show was finished these magnificent trees were relocated to North Hampshire where they will be replanted with a beautiful Galician Garden to be built around them.

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The construction team at Bowood were immediately set to task to secure these heavy specimens in the strengthening wind.
After several days of TLC as the build went on the trees settled and relaxed and became one of the main features of the garden.

Thankfully after the show was finished these magnificent trees were relocated to North Hampshire where they will be replanted with a beautiful Galician Garden to be built around them.

It was a lot of fun to be involved with Hampton Court Flower show and something we would of course do again should we be asked.

Thanks Rose for giving us the opportunity.

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Westonbirt Training Day by Charlie Noton

Every day really is a school day in Horticulture. 
We held our most recent team training day at the amazing Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire. Fascinating forms, shapes with new Genus and species for us to all learn. With 15,000 specimens from around the world, it's a tree lovers paradise! A fabulous day for the team to learn and discover at a rare slow pace.
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Television Centre, White City, Soho House by Charlie Noton

Early February 2018 Charlie Noton, Director of Tree Research, received an email from Soho House regarding a very exciting project at The BBC Television Centre, Shepherds Bush.

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The Client brief was simple; ‘Produce a roof top garden and relaxation area across two floors to compliment the retro design of White City House. However, we have one month to complete before the launch date’ GULP!

After several emails too-ing and frow-ing, the design brief was set and we had the green light to start the design process.

Due to the incredibly tight time line on this project the budget needed to be approved, the pots and troughs sourced as well as the plants sourced, delivered and planted – this was a mammoth task!

We initially started with contacting some amazing pot and trough companies across the UK and Europe to discuss if a 4 week turn around was possible. All suppliers came back saying it was a tough ask but something that could be achievable if we moved fast. However, with several days of emails and budget changes this deadline was creeping ever closer. We finally had the budget accepted with 2 weeks to go before completion was due. So the process of buying the troughs, pots, compost etc had begun. We learned very quickly that the lead time for the pots we originally required to be made was physically impossible so we had to rethink. We contacted the same suppliers and went through their stock lists and had a slight redesign. A move that proved to be vital as well as perfect for the space.

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The plants were actually the easiest part to all of this process. Plant enthusiasts, Charlie, Michael Buck, Our General Manager and Piers Beeching, a long term friend of Charlie’s and top plantsman, sat down in a bar not far from White City House to discuss the plants well into the evening. A late finish that proved to be the norm for this project.

Once the pots and troughs had been arranged with a 5 day turnaround for delivery, a trip to Covent Garden Flower Market for inspiration was in order. Charlie and Michael met Piers, bleary eyed at 6.30am for a spot of shopping. Well worth the 4am alarm call!

Inducted, we started on site. A site which had plenty of challenges and obstacles for us. On the 9th floor paving slabs were not set, with painters painting the slabs in readiness for securing. We had Chris and his marvellous and very helpful team from Flybird Installations who were tasked with the job of erecting a retractable pergola over our heads.

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If this wasn’t enough to slow us down, we shared one lift with all the other trades, including the team who were installing all the furniture on the Soho Floors with wait times on the lift of up to 1 hour. A situation that even a Saint would have had their patience tested.

It took us 4 days to deliver the pots, troughs, compost and Leca to the 9th and 10th floors. A monumental effort by our team with all sorts of obstacles and slight set backs along the way.

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With everything delivered onto the 9th we could begin the process of filling the troughs and pots in readiness for planting. This process required team work not just with in the Tree Research gang but with Chris and his team, also. Working at height they skilfully installed a fantastic pergola around us and in return we had to be flexible with our trough and planter positioning to enable them to secure around us. The 10th floor upon arrival wasn’t tiled, so we concentrated our efforts on the 9th.

By this stage, our plants were on site and ready for planting – the most exciting part of any job we do. All the furniture was in its final positions so the lift was much easier to use.

The Tree Research team expertly and carefully navigated multistem trees of up to 300kg through the maze of furniture and bars to their final resting position. Once planted, the scheme really started to take shape and gain even more momentum.

3 full days of planting, including a double shift long meant we were planting long into the night on a roof top with the London Skyline lit up in the background – a job we are sure our team will not forget in a hurry.

Fast forward two weeks later and more plants and planters are required and some more finishing touches about to take place.

It has been an absolute pleasure working with Soho House on their White City House project and one we are very proud of.

Here are a few figures about the job:

·      398 Man Hours
·      3320 miles covered from Base to Site (A Distance equivalent to London to Boston, Massachusetts, USA )
·      9,308 litres of compost
·      2,500 litres of Hydroleca
·      3,500 kgs of Plant Material