As the UK’s leading tree moving/tree relocation contractors, Nature First Ltd have the experience and capability ensure that your transplanted trees continue to thrive in their new location.

Whether it is an 85cm diameter tree spade for lifting and moving  trees in the nursery or Europe’s largest tree spade with a massive 3m diameter rootball weighing nearly 12 tonnes, you can rely on Nature First to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Specialist tree moving equipment designed by Nature First’s tree moving experts can be used to move  or relocate  even the largest trees.

Below is a list of tree size and recommended rootball size. Naturally, the larger rootball that you dig, the less stress caused to the tree when transplanting large semi mature trees. Economics and logistics then become a factor, by using our recommendations below, we have experienced a success rate of over 95% when transplanting unprepared trees using our mechanical tree spades.

If there is the opportunity to undercut the tree roots at least one growing season before transplanting or relocating, the above tree sizes can be increased. The girth is measured as the circumference of the tree 1metre above ground level.

Transplanting trees throughout the UK and Europe

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Tree SizeTree Spade / Rootball Size
up to 20cm girth85cm
up to 35cm girth1.1m
up to 45cm girth1.6m
up to 80cm girth2.1m
up to 150cm girth3.0m
85cm DiameterMounted on skid steer loader or tractor 3 point linkage.
1.1m DiameterMounted on JCB 3CX or 4CX excavator.
1.6m DiameterMounted on Bedford TM 4X4 17 tonne truck fitted with low ground pressure tyres or Volvo loading shovel.
2.1m DiameterMounted on Foden 6X6 28 tonne truck.
3.0m DiameterMounted on 10X8 38 tonne truck.