Locals have a piece of the monkey puzzle tree forever as 200 blocks handed out 

Locals have a piece of the monkey puzzle tree forever as 200 blocks handed out 

Blocks of wood from Mahon's monkey puzzle tree, which was torn down by Storm Ellen back in August, have been handed out to locals as souvenirs. Photo: Kieran McCarthy.

Blocks of wood from Mahon's monkey puzzle tree, which was torn down by Storm Ellen back in August, have been handed out to locals as souvenirs.

200 people took home a piece of the iconic tree on Saturday after Cork city councillor Kieran McCarthy, UCC's Dr Eoin Lettice, O'Callaghan Properties and St Michael's Credit Union joined forces to ensure locals could have a piece of it forever.

Speaking to The Echo, councillor Kieran McCarthy said there was a great turnout of people who came to take a piece of the conifer home and who shared fond memories of the tree.

“We chopped up 200 blocks of different shapes and sizes which were souvenir blocks and all 200 blocks are now gone after people came to collect them on Saturday.

“They told their stories of the tree and what it meant to them.

Blocks of wood from Mahon's monkey puzzle tree, which was torn down by Storm Ellen back in August, have been handed out to locals as souvenirs. Pictured is Councillor Kieran McCarthy.
Blocks of wood from Mahon's monkey puzzle tree, which was torn down by Storm Ellen back in August, have been handed out to locals as souvenirs. Pictured is Councillor Kieran McCarthy.

“One family said that they called it Nana’s tree because the grandmother was always talking about it and there were other people, some living in Blackrock and Mahon, who saw it as a landmark where they knew they were close to home as they came through the tunnel that it was like a welcome home sign,” he said.

The tree which stood on what was once William H Crawford's Lakelands estate was planted by William Crawford II, a businessman and plant collector, in the late 1800s.

“I don't think Mr Crawford Junior realised the extent of what was going to happen at the end of the tree's life,” Cllr McCarthy said.

He said that the next generation will in years to come enjoy the baby tree that is now growing next to and feeding off the adult tree.

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