In addition to protecting members of the public, the team also had to take into account the very wet winter meaning that the tracked chipper was kept off the grass to avoid churning it up into an unsightly mess. The Lombardy Poplar was first brought into England at St Osyth, Essex in 1758 from Turin with cuttings from it soon growing in all parts of the British Isles source: Tree of Britain and Northern Europe 1982