A giant magnolia tree in the botanic house at Bristol Aquarium has been transported to pastures new in North Bristol.

The three-metre-tall magnolia grandifolia was painstakingly dug up by horticulturist Wendy Desyllas before being carefully loaded on to the back of a trailer for its four mile journey to its new home in Horfield.
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The tree had been struggling to compete with faster growing tropical species in the aquarium’s Amazon-themed area, however Wendy and her team were keen to find it a good home.

“We decided to take the radical step to move it as it was not thriving in its location as it couldn’t spread its roots and was being out grown by the more vigorous tropical species around it,” said Wendy.

“Although we gave it the best care we could to try to encourage it along it was decided a new home would be the best thing.

“We were contacted by Bev and Sam Cavender who, along with their two children Mia and Fynn and Sam’s parents picked it up and transported it to their garden.

“Magnolias are notoriously difficult to move so we will be making regular visits to make sure it’s doing ok and the Cavenders have promised to lavish it with love and care over the coming months,” she added.

It took Wendy nearly three hours to dig around the tree’s rootball and then ease it out of the ground. The Cavenders are so impressed with her efforts that they have decided to name the tree in her honour.

The magnolia’s re-location will allow Wendy and her team to continue with their ongoing plans for the botanic house which focus on tropical plants in keeping with the Amazon-themed displays in that area of the aquarium.

In the tree’s place there are already tetrapanax planted as well as a tropical species of ficus alongside a selection of palms, lilies and tropical climbers.

Issued by Bristol Aquarium. For more information please contact David Waines on 0117 934 0944 or Dan de Castro on 0117 934 0943.