Urban Forest Plan

Union Street Entrance
39. Union Street Entrance

North End along Bruce Wing
40. North End along Bruce Wing

South End in Front of Carruthers Hall
41. South End in Front of Carruthers Hall

Fifth Field Company Lane: Existing Condition
42. Fifth Field Company Lane: Existing Condition

 Fifth Field Company Lane: Improvement Concept
43. Fifth Field Company Lane: Improvement Concept


This roadway is a primary north-south connector and a secondary entrance to the historic east core. It should be upgraded to better accommodate pedestrians and vehicles while maintaining the essential landscape character of a formal entrance drive with entrance gates, flanked by buildings and trees.

Priority rating: 2

The elms that once lined the road have been replaced with Honeylocust, Ash and Silver Maples. The northwest corner at the entrance from Union Street is over planted; the trees in paving are struggling due to severe soil compaction caused by vehicular and pedestrian traffic. These plantings should be removed to improve overall appearance and visibility. Many of the trees along the roadway are in poor condition or have poor form due to ice storm damage, including the Ash and Maples in paving and the recently planted Honeylocust in lawn areas. The trees on both sides of the roadway at the south end should all be eventually removed and replaced with the recommended street tree species, especially those which are structurally unsound and are a potential hazard.

As part of a comprehensive streetscape redevelopment to give priority to pedestrians, a strong linear planting of light to medium textured street trees is needed to reinforce this space. A new row of tree planting should be started, and should be spaced as evenly as possible, with two trees between lamp posts as a general pattern. This row of street trees should be located in anticipation of a more generous and continuos sidewalk on both sides. This basic planting pattern should continue to Theological Hall, replacing the very poor Silver Maples currently in front of Carruthers Hall. The north entrance area to Theological Hall should be upgraded with appropriate pedestrian paving and planting. Other smaller, poor quality specimens should be removed, e.g., plantings to the east in front of the Old Medical Building and Weeping Cedars at Nicol Hall.

As a pedestrian spine, the scale of this space is small. The buildings are closer to the street edge, creating narrow planting conditions. Where possible, trees should be planted in lawn areas. Raised curbs edging lawn areas should be installed to deter pedestrian trespass and reduce compaction of the root zone. Properly designed tree pits should be constructed where trees must be planted in pavements. Each tree pit should be a minimum size of 1.8m x 2.4m x 1m, and should include proper drainage and a well-designed soil mix.

Species recommendation

Street tree
   Ginkgo biloba, Maidenhair Tree
   Gleditsia triacanthos 'Shademaster', Shademaster Honeylocust
   Gymnocladus dioicus, Kentucky Coffeetree