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YULE: City needs fir tree

YULE: City needs fir tree

YULE: City needs fir tree

There are 125 days left to Christmas, but the thoughts of our city planners have already turned to trees for the festivities.

Dublin City Council is inviting tenders for the supply of 151 trees, as well as 50 small stands, and another 20 wreaths, the Herald can reveal.

It wants five trees that will be 45 to 50ft in height, and 32 will be between 30 and 36ft. The other trees will range in height downwards.

The new tender document lists two types of fir tree species that will be acceptable for its requirements.

And it insists that all trees will have to meet with "market specifications such as height, straightness of stem, length of stem handle, symmetry and foliage".

In addition, the trees have to be "healthy and in a vigorous and condition".

Meanwhile, the supplier has to have machinery capable of "loading trees on to a Dublin City Council 40-foot trailer and cab unit".

The costs involved in providing the loading machinery and the loading operation itself have to be met by the supplier and included in the tender price.

Inspect

The council said that once a preferred bidder has been identified, it will inspect the proposed trees and they will be re-inspected at the time of loading.

The closing date for tenders to be received is September 5.

However, the amount that the council is hoping to spend on the festive trees is not actually specified in the tender document.

It comes as plans were unveiled earlier this year for a Dublin at Christmas market at St Stephen's Green.

There will be more than 60 trade concessions located in traditional wooden chalets along the exterior of St Stephen's Green Park between Grafton street and Merrion Row.

The market will be launched on the same day that the Grafton Street lights will be turned on, and will be free to the public.

Around 150 seasonal jobs will be generated as a result of the market, which will run from November 13 onwards.

fdillon@herald.ie


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