Iconic trees along Cork's Centre Park Road to be felled

Iconic trees along Cork's Centre Park Road to be felled

Eighteen dead lime trees along Centre Park Road are to be felled as they pose a risk to health and safety, Cork City Council has stated. Picture credit: Still from video captured by Cllr Kieran McCarthy.

Eighteen dead lime trees along Centre Park Road are to be felled as they pose a risk to health and safety, Cork City Council has stated.

City Council's Parks, Recreation and Sports Facilities department has said there are no plans to replace these trees "until proposals for the Docklands development are determined".

Speaking to The Echo Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said that he has received much correspondence over the years from constituents saying how great the tree line looks and has asked the council’s Parks, Recreation and Sports Facilities department to consider planting 18 new trees wherever they can to replace the ones which will be removed.

"They are in that gorgeous arch of trees more or less from the Marquee site to the Marina. 

"You can see clearly that they are dead. 

"I’m not disputing that the trees need to come down if they pose a risk to public safety but I have requested that 18 trees be replanted in a suitable location nearby," said Councillor McCarthy.

Mr McCarthy said trees contribute much to the city’s character and has reiterated his calls for a tree and biodiversity officer to be appointed to ensure trees are being replanted.

"I have repeatedly said in the City Council Chamber over many years that trees are a very important addition to Cork’s urbanscape.

"They add not only immense character to our streets, estates and parks but have been sites of play, family and friends activities, scenic photographs, protectors and shelters from wind and rain and floods, symbolic of the stories of neighbourhoods and much much more. 

"I remain adamant that the City Council’s needs a tree and biodiversity officer to create education programmes around our trees but also to push more the connection between the Council and local communities – so that more trees can be planted," he said.

"The city lost 500 trees from Storm Ophelia a few years ago and none of these were replaced. 

"In these times of Covid, more than ever our trees and our recreational spaces are crucial to maintain and develop," he continued.

Mr McCarthy said he is awaiting a response to his calls to replant the 18 trees in a nearby suitable location.

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