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Silva Cell Case Study: Stormwater Management in Sunnyvale, CA

The Cost and Benefit at 617 East Arques Ave. Silicon Valley’s third-largest city after San Jose and Fremont, Sunnyvale is home to LinkedIn and Google, among other notable tech companies. In 2014 the city added 85 new townhomes with underground bioretention. SummerHill Homes at 617 East Arques Ave. were part of the latest wave of... More

Bioretention Tree Lawn is Free of Settlement
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Mosquito Creek Watershed in North Vancouver is a unique natural retreat nestled within a large urban footprint. The area is a popular retreat for hiking, mountain biking, and walking, and leads directly to the Trans Canada Trail, the longest hiking trail in the country. Due to its proximity to the City of North Vancouver, however,... More

Silva Cell Case Studies in the UK

The Silva Cell® System has been installed across the UK, from as south as Plymouth and as north as Inverness. Here are some of our projects installed, highlighting the Silva Cell System’s effectiveness at: providing ample soil volumes for tree growth; structural stability for surrounding hard paved surfaces; powerful stormwater attenuation and bioretention; and ease... More

Miami Beach Convention Center Silva Cell Case Study

The MBCC was the chosen destination to host the renowned annual American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) conference October 2–5, 2020. However due to health and safety concerns resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, ASLA was compelled to cancel the physical conference. Today the conference center is being used as a testing site for COVID-19. Since... More

Dorothy Day Place, Silva Cells at the Catholic Charities of St. Paul: Case Study

Two Projects, One Community, Dozens of Trees On the surface, it wouldn’t appear that Silva Cells have much in common with Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. But a closer look reveals how they both are metaphorically and literally supportive of their communities and resilient. Catholic Charities’ Outreach campus, which has grown to 5... More

13 Simple Steps to Evaluate Trees

There are now dozens of open-source tree maps in communities worldwide. The most successful mapping projects are those that provide citizen scientists with simple guides on how to accurately identify tree species and assess tree health. The more accurate the information on the tree maps, the more accurate the green infrastructure calculations they produce – and the... More

A Case Study Highlighting 10 Years of Success for Silva Cells and the Salford Quays

An oasis of nine trees thrives below a bustling roundabout in Salford, U.K. Part of the Gateway Quays project, the Himalayan Birch (Betula Utilis Jacquemontii) trees are supported by 184 Silva Cells, providing over 47m3 of shared rooting volume. The Regent Road Roundabout and Gateway Triangle were reconstructed 10 years ago to the day. The... More

The Latest Urban Tree Canopy Cover by State

For those with a mission to enhance urban forests, it is vital to have the latest statistics for urban forest or urban tree canopy coverage. In 2010, we shared a chart by Watt and Gunther highlighting the percentage of urban tree canopy (UTC) (urban forests), broken down by city in the United States. Both the... More

Silva Cell Support Trees in San Marcos: Armorlite Drive Case Study

Just 4 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, and a 40-minute drive north from San Diego, San Marcos, California, is a vibrant, growing city that continues to benefit from its commitment to a green infrastructure. In 2020, the city’s population topped 100,000.  Palomar College and California State University San Marcos call it home. The northern... More

How Did Silva Cell Get Its Name?

At DeepRoot, we believe big, resilient, strong, healthy trees should be part of an ever-expanding arboreal canopy throughout all the urban areas of the planet. We want to see trees that grow to their full potential and function as part of nature’s ecosystem to mitigate air pollution, absorb noise pollution, provide color and beauty (enhancing... More