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Fallen trees on Centre Park Road in the aftermath of Storm Ophelia.Pic; Larry Cummins
Fallen trees on Centre Park Road in the aftermath of Storm Ophelia.Pic; Larry Cummins

Call for council to replace fallen trees on the Marina

THERE has been disappointment over a City Council move to concrete over places where trees were previously planted near Marina Park, where dozens of trees were felled or damaged during Storm Ophelia.

The Storm felled around 500 trees in Cork last October.

City Councillor Kieran McCarthy (Ind) expressed his disappointment at the development. “The city council really needs a better tree management plan,” he said.

“I have asked several times since Storm Ophelia that finance be put aside to replant trees on the Marina and in the wider city.

“I asked at the time that in light of the damage and the council’s lack of funding reserves for tree re-planting, that the Minister for Local Government and Environment be written to and pressure be put on him to source appropriate funding,” he added.

“I remain a strong advocate that the city needs a much stronger urban greening agenda.

“It does not cost much or take much to plant a tree,” he added.

“I appreciate the cost of maintaining trees in an urban area and that the Council have lost much manpower on its tree planting and pruning crews, but trees are the DNA of Cork City’s landscape and what makes it special.

“I appreciate the health and safety concerns of filling in the roots of fallen trees on the Marina, but as soon as funding is made available I will strongly asking for the concrete to go and new trees planted on the Marina.”