Work starts on removing hedgerows in the median of N81 for new oak trees
WORK has commenced on the removal of hedgerows in the median of the N81 in Glenview, to be replaced with oak trees and a naturalised beech hedge.
The works are being carried out as part of the N81 Landscape Improvement Scheme, and South Dublin County Council told The Echo that the number of trees and hedgerows being planted will exceed those being removed.
“A naturalised beech hedge will be planted between the new oak trees in the median, continuing the planting scheme from the previous phase of work,” a spokesperson for South Dublin County Council said.
“The number of trees and hedgerows being planted will exceed those being removed and the integration of long-lived, native species will enhance the biodiversity in the area in the medium to long term.”
Independent councillor Mick Duff, who lives locally, said the removal of the hedgerow has opened up the median, which has been beneficial for drivers.
“It certainly does open up the road,” said Cllr Duff. “I’m fascinated with the opening up of it – you can actually see the N81 when you’re driving down it now.”
Other improvements as part of the scheme include the replacement of existing high-energy street lighting with efficient LED lights.
The works as part of the scheme – centred on the N81 between the Avonbeg Road and the Old Bawn Road junctions – will be underway for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022.