‘Particular difficulties’ planting trees in estates

‘Particular difficulties’ planting trees in estates

By Aideen O'Flaherty

There are “particular difficulties”, from a tree planting perspective, on St James’ Road in Greenhills and Fernhill Road in Terenure, according to South Dublin County Council.

The council stated this in response to a question that was submitted by Social Democrat councillor Dermot Looney at last week’s monthly meeting of the Rathfarnham/Templeogue-Terenure Area Committee.

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There are difficulties planting trees along St James' Road in Greenhills

Cllr Looney asked the council’s chief executive to outline plans for tree planting on St James’ Road and Fernhill Road in Dublin 12, as following the removal of trees from the area in recent years, the local authority pledged to carry out tree planting.

In response to Cllr Looney’s question, the council stated: “There are particular difficulties from a tree planting perspective in the areas mentioned: St James’ Road and Fernhill Road.”

The council stated that these issues include narrow roads, the widening of residential driveways, on-street resident car parking, and overhead wires and utility cables that are located within narrow grass and roadside margins.

They added: “A tree planting scheme for St Joseph’s Road has been included as part of the 2019 Public Realm Improvement Works Programme. 

“This will involve the preparation of a tender for the overall design and construction preparation of tree planting pits along the road to accommodate the significant adverse challenges. 

“A budget of €50,000 is set aside for this project and work will take place during the Autumn period. Following this work, further similar areas will be examined for tree planting.”

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