2014-03-04 13:22:29 - Ennis Town Council today launched a tree planting initiative to replace dozens of mature trees downed by Storm Darwin on February 12th.
The Town Authority says it has also initiated a work programme involving specialist contractors to remove tree stumps at public locations in the coming weeks.
The Council says in excess of 50 trees fell in public areas within the town while at least 140 trees at Active Ennis Lees Road Sports & Amenity Park were felled by hurricane force winds last month.
Speaking at a tree planting ceremony, coinciding with the beginning of National Tree Week 2014, Mayor of Ennis Mary Coote Ryan stated: “Trees are a very important feature of the urban landscape in Ennis. The Council has been committed over the years to an extensive tree management programme in the town and it is this work that prevented extensive
damage being caused by falling trees in public areas during the recent storms.”
“I know from my own area in Kincora Park how strongly the local community feel in relation to such amenities and I am delighted to initiate the tree planting replacement programme by planting a tree in the green area at Kincora Park today,” added Mayor Coote Ryan.
Council Engineer Alan Morrissey noted that tree repair works are ongoing in the town and will continue for a number of weeks.
He continued: “Some locations required a major work plan, as well as extensive machinery and personnel. A detailed survey is also being initiated on tree stumps located in public areas with a view to engaging a specialist contractor for their removal.”
“As part of the overall replacement programme the Council proposes to plant over 50 ten to twelve foot trees as part of the programme that is being initiated now and will be finalised in the autumn,” added Mr. Morrissey.
County Clare was one of the worst affected parts of the country when Storm Darwin hit on February 12th with Shannon Airport recording a maximum gust of 160kph. The storm resulted in extensive disruption to transport and travel, while power outages also occurred throughout the County.