New drone footage shows the amazing transformation of Apple’s new campus in Cupertino, CA. The once desolate building now has a lush landscape with nearly 6,000 trees. Officially dubbed ‘Apple Park’, the grounds house two miles of walking paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow, and pond within the ring’s interior grounds.
David Muffly, known as Apple’s tree whisperer, revealed some of the incredible lengths they went to make the vision a reality.
When Steve Jobs submitted the plans to Cupertino City Council in June of 2011, he said that Apple would add to the 3,700 existing trees on the property. The original proposal stated, ‘The landscape design of meadows and woodlands will create an ecologically rich oak savanna reminiscent of the early Santa Clara Valley,’
‘It will incorporate both young and mature trees, and native and drought tolerant plants that will thrive in Santa Clara County with minimal water consumption.
Original planning documents showed that Apple removed 3,616 trees from the property before construction. Muffly said that 800 trees were selected, boxed and stored in the corner of the construction site.
Apple purchased a Christmas tree farm in Nevada to store and grow trees for its campus. They also triggered a local tree shortage in California because they bought so many trees that it was unavailable for other building projects. The hardest thing, Muffly said, was finding enough trees. The original plan was to plant 6,000 trees, but Apple has upped that number to the current goal of 9,000.
Check out the drone footage below;