Yesterday a giant 60-year-old maple tree (approximately 50 ft tall and 122,000 lbs), was moved from the Seattle Children’s construction site via crane and replanted in the park-like greenbelt along the campus perimeter that serves as an amenity to the surrounding community. In preparation of transferring such a large, heavy and yet delicate tree, the hospital grounds team worked with seasoned arborists and experts to ensure the move went smoothly. Children’s Grounds and Sustainability Manger, Jeff Hughes talks us through the move in this video.
This move is part of a major effort orchestrated by Children’s transplant thousands of plants from the construction site to areas throughout the existing campus—a majority of which will be replanted back on the site when construction is complete. Trees that cannot be salvaged will be locally milled and reused. This significant effort to conserve and enhance the campus landscape has a broad range of benefits for both people and the environment. A natural campus environment sets a healing tone for patient and family experience, serves as a therapeutic amenity and provides positive distractions.