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Moving Silver Birches from one house to another

I have 3 great silver birch at the bottom of my garden, apart from the great rustling sounds they make & the beautiful swaying, they also do a terrific job helping to hide the house behind. We are moving and wondered if it was at all practical to move them to the new place. My not very sophisticated gardener says he could do it and transport them. We bought and planted them about 6 years ago when they were 8 -10 ft tall, Now 20-30. The move would happen late Oct early Nov. Is it all realistic??


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,057

    If you have a massive JCB with a huge "tree removal" tool , yes, go for it

    If not, I'm 100% sure you'll kill them. 

    Others may well disagree.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,057
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    the simple answer would be no, as tall as they are then that's how far the roots will have spread,

    so unless you have access to a minidigger to dig them out and a tractor to move them (as the root ball could be about 10 to 15 feet across - it would need to be otherwise the trees would die) I would not bother.

    and personally if your gardener thinks he can move them (with or without mechanical assistance) he needs his head read!

  • The timing is right but they sound far too big to move.  It's worth noting that when you sell your house you aren't actually allowed to remove items planted in the ground as these are considered to be part of the property.  (I think) you would have to have specifically noted that these items are not included in the sale or have removed them already prior to selling your property.

  • OK, got the message, it aint realistic !!!! And BobFlannigan, we are just about to complete the fixture & fittings form which does ask if we are leaving all the trees and shrubs & madam and were arguing if it was worthwhile. I now know it isn't!!! Thanks all for the advice. Tony

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