October 1 - Abnormal Load Services (International) Limited (ALS) has project managed the latest phase of Angela Palmer's Ghost Forest Project, handling the logistics involved in moving the exhibits from the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK to the National
This part of the project was funded by the Waterloo Foundation, which is a key supporter of environmental charity, Size of Wales, which aims to bring everyone in Wales together to help sustain an area of tropical forest the size of Wales as part of a national response to climate change.
The 10 rainforest tree stumps: Denya, Dahoma, Danta, African Mahogany and three varieties of Celtis, Hyedua and Wawa were originally transported from a tropical rainforest in Ghana in 2009. The ambitious art project came about to raise public awareness of the connections between deforestation and climate change.
Denya is the widest, highest and heaviest stump measuring 8 metres long, 5 metres wide, 4.40 metres high and weighing 20 tonnes. The tree stumps were moved from Oxford to Wales using five specialist trailers in convoy of two under private escort.
ALS conducted a route survey including: removal of street furniture, notification to five police authorities, arranging a police escort, clearance, police restrictions leaving Oxford and contract crane lift.
Since the tree stumps first came to the UK, ALS' operations team have taken full responsibility for the planning and execution of several phases of this project, including the transport from Tilbury port to Trafalgar Square, London, then to ALS' head office in Hull for storage and on to Copenhagen Denmark in 2009, where the trees were displayed during the UN COP15 Global Climate Change Conference.
The trees were then transported back to storage at ALS' depot in Hull, before their journey continued to the Pitt Rivers Museum, where they exhibited for two years, coinciding with the museum's 150th anniversary.