A qualified arborist and the area tree inspector have assessed the trees in Swords and they have identified 27 that need to be taken down.
The areas and the reasons for removal are listed below and they will be felled in the coming weeks. The reasons for removal include:
- Diseased and dying trees
- Trees causing structural damage
- Structurally poor specimen
- Overgrown root space
- Obstructing light
Under the new Tree Strategy every time a tree is removed one will be replaced with one of a suitable species in the nearest available space.
“It is regrettable to lose trees but in these cases it looks unavoidable. This is the first major felling following the adoption of the new Tree Strategy and you can see that far fewer trees are being earmarked for removal than before,” said Cllr Ian Carey.
“One estate that had been due to lose up to 6 trees from light obstruction are only now seeing trees that have structural problems or are diseased being removed. I made an amendment to the Tree Strategy to push the council to do more to adjust lighting before felling trees when it comes to light being blocked and I’m glad to see this new approach making a difference
“It’s also important that we follow up on the planting side so I look forward to getting a similar list recording the new trees that are planted in Swords.”