The very organisms that help produce clean air in cities are unfortunately treated with little respect. The Accompany with Tree concept was developed in reaction to the way urban trees are constricted by unyielding metal grates in the sidewalk, causing them great difficulty and damage as they attempt to grow.
Park Youngsu, Lee Chunho, Lee Junghyun and Choi Ujin of South Korea submitted this proposal to the 2011 Red Dot Design Awards as a clever solution to strangled tree trunks. The group decided to keep the conventional rolled steel plate but make it significantly broader. Still addressing the need to keep the soil covered in such an exposed environment, Accompany with Tree comprises a ring of rubber flaps which continue to embrace the base of the tree while allowing it to expand outwards and upwards.