Tuesday 16 January 2018

Leaves that were green turn brown as boom trees get chop

Sam Griffin

A COUNCIL has had to cut down almost 400 trees after they were planted in unsuitable conditions during the boom-time development of a small village.

A Fingal County Council parks superintendent revealed that the council has removed 391 trees planted on the Ring Road in Lusk in north Co Dublin after they failed to grow over the past eight years.

Residents had complained to local councillors after 12 trees were cut down because they had either died comple-tely or had been vandalised. Some trees had snapped because they were so weak.

Upon inspection last September, tree specialists found that the trees located right by the roadside were all either weak or dead, while the same species of tree just a few yards further off the road were thriving.

The council's park superintendent, Fergus O'Carroll, said the reason for the failure to grow was because there is not enough soil in the location where they were planted.

There are also underground services where the trees were planted, which further hampered their growth.

A spokesperson for the council said the trees were planted during the construction of the Ring Road and other developments in Lusk by a consortium of developers comprising the McGarrell Reilly Group, Dwyer Nolan Developments and Manor Park Homes.

A spokesperson for McGarrell Reilly said the firm was part of the consortium that carried out the development work, including the planting of the trees, and said it did so in accordance with planning agreed by the council.

Dwyer Nolan Developments said that any planting, including tree type and position, would have been dictated by the council.

Manor Park Homes is no longer in business.

However, at an area committee meeting last week, Mr O'Carroll revealed that replacement trees would be grown elsewhere in the village of Lusk as part of Fingal County Council's tree policy.

Irish Independent

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