FIVE hundred trees are expected to be planted by Cork City Council before the year is out, an official at City Hall has confirmed.
In a question posed by Councillor Dan Boyle ahead of Monday night's city council meeting, the Green Party Councillor requested information on the number of trees felled by city council from the period of January 1 to September 30 of this year versus the number of trees planted by the council over the same period.
Cork City Council’s Director of Services David Joyce said that a total of 203 trees have been removed largely because of disease or storm damage.
"A further 189 trees were either removed or heavily pruned following storm damage arising from Storm Ellen in August," he said.
"It is important to note that the decision to remove any tree is only carried out following an inspection and recommendation from a qualified arborist," he continued.
Earlier this year, 345 semi-mature trees were planted by the council.
"A total of 345 semi-mature trees (20 years old & 7 metres high) were planted between January and March 2020.
"It is anticipated that a further 500 trees will be planted before year end.
"In addition, Cork Chamber have generously offered to sponsor the planting of 200 trees in parks and open space areas each year for the next five years and work to identify suitable locations for these trees is now underway," Mr Joyce continued.
Councillor Boyle welcomed the news, stating that it was "a largely positive response" from the Director of Services.
"It shows that the city will no longer be tree neutral as we had been in 2019," he said.