Tree Root Protection

Protect tree roots from disruptive building works. 

A tree’s feeder roots can spread up to twice the length of the crown of the tree, spreading across and underneath a large grassed area.

When planning regulations stipulate it, protecting tree roots from disruptive build projects is a legal requirement, so make sure when you are undertaking site excavation projects and building works that you have the appropriate ground protection method in place.

The GroundGuards’ team can advise you on the best matting system for your particular job. 

We have a large range of cost-effective, high quality solutions that are strong, lightweight, easy to install by hand, and which will follow the contours of the ground to give the protection you need.

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Tree Root Protection Methodology – Video 

In this short video, John White, GroundGuards’ Major Accounts & Exports Sales Manager, explains the correct methodology for installing tree root protection, as well as the various matting options suitable for the task:

Featuring anti-slip tread and overlapping flange joints, the MaxiTrack extra heavy duty matting system can be installed quickly and easily by hand with no specialist joining tools needed. Ideal to create a temporary road or access route across sensitive sites that need ground protection.

MultiTrack hand-installed 2.4 x 1.2m mats are the ideal solution for tree root protection. These mats clip together quickly for a simple installation, and can be easily re-configured across the site or from job to job. They are flexible to follow ground contours.

GeoGrid cellular paving system is designed for both grass and gravel reinforcement. Featuring a simple interlocking design for fast installation, its unique patented design combines excellent cellular strength and weight load capability.


SignaRoad® mats measure 3m x 2m and are made from an ultra-tough HDPE composite. They are connected together with special camlock fixings, which makes them quick and easy to assemble on site: ideal for creating large access roads for heavier plant!

M31 and M21 EnviroMats, made from a tough blend of 100% recycled HDPE plastic, are easy to handle and to transport. The mats are strong and lightweight with moulded hand grips making them easy to carry without leaving holes for mud to come through.

XtremeMats are the most advanced and versatile heavy-duty matting system in the world! Strong, tough and built for use in the harshest environments, these HDPE 4 x 2m mats will far outlast timber bogmats. Perfect to protect sensitive ground from heavy construction traffic.

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