Greens call for century old trees to be saved
3rd August 2017
Dublin City Council plans to fell the historic trees to make way for cycling infrastructure, despite alternative design proposals being submitted
The Green Party has today criticised plans to cut down over 50 mature trees at the roadside of Fairview Park.
The trees, which were planted in 1908, could be felled under Dublin City Council plans to make way for a cycling path, ignoring local objections to the plan and alternative design proposals that would allow the trees to remain in place and facilitate the construction of the planned cycling path.
Speaking today, Green Party Representative in Clontarf, Donna Cooney, said: “Dublin City Council need to listen to local residents, and sort out this situation. Over 80% of the submissions received by the Council during their consultation objected to the cutting down of the trees. The Dublin Central area committee voted to send the plan back to the drawing board, whereas the Dublin North Central committee voted in favour at their July meeting.
“They are making a mess of this whole process. There are alternative designs which would allow the trees to remain in place, and would create a safer path for cyclists. The Dublin Cycling Campaign are even against the current design.
“These trees are over a century old and are of significant historical significance. Nationalist and Unionist communities came together in 1908 to plant these trees, and they would go on to inspire public policy around reforestation and tree planting in the country. The planting ceremony even made the front page of the Irish Times on Arbor Day in 1908. It would be a terrible mistake to cut them down.
“Over 2,000 people have already signed a petition calling for them to be saved. The local community won’t back down on this. It’s up to the Council to come up with a solution.”