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Lord Mayor launches the Northside Tree Planting Scheme and reopens Kilmore Road Park and Playground

Cork City Council has approved a budget of €300,000 for a Tree Planting scheme as part of its Northside Environmental Enhancement Plan. The objective of the plan is to continue to make areas attractive for residents and local communities and encourage a greater awareness of the importance of trees and nature in residential areas. The Scheme will also include a ‘Front Garden Tree’ initiative as well as a number of ‘Tree Groves’ at selected locations.

The Tree Planting scheme was launched on Thursday, 14th December 2006 by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Michael Ahern at the opening of Kilmore Road Park and playground with speeches and refreshments afterwards in the Knocknaheeny Youth Justice Project Centre.

Holly Trees

Holly trees were handed out to all attendees including the second class pupils of St Marys on the Hill primary school shown in the attached photograph presenting their holly trees. Also in the photograph from left to right are;

Stephen Scully, Samantha Golding of Recreation and Amenity Directorate, Cork City Council; Cllr Tony Fitzgerald and Director of Knocknaheeny Centre,
Community Guard Brian McCarthy, Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress,
Superintendent Tom Hayes, Emer O’Callaghan and Liam Casey of Recreation and Amenity Directorate of Cork City Council and Catherine Kelly of Community and Enterprise Directorate, Cork City Council.

Leaflets were also distributed at the event giving information on the Tree Planting Scheme and on National Tree Week which is scheduled for 5th – 12th March 2006.

If you would like to learn more of the Tree Planting Scheme, contact Sam Golding at 9424026.

Lord Mayor's Speech

Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen and most importantly, RESIDENTS, I’m delighted to launch the Northside Tree Planting Scheme and the opening of Kilmore Road Park.

I hope this facility will provide lots of pleasure to local residents. I welcome, in particular, the children from St Mary’s on the Hill as well as residents from the surrounding area in Kilmore Road.

The Tree Planting Scheme is part of the Northside Environmental Enhancement Plan adopted by the City Council and will provide a number of trees through a ‘Front Garden Tree Initiative’, Street Tree Planting, Trees in selected community locations such as here in Kilmore Park, and there is also provision for a number of Tree Groves. Thanks to all those involved so far in the consultation.

There are four different types of trees being planted in Kilmore Park; Sycamore, Beech, Hornbeam and Birch. Each of these brings variety, colour and beauty in different ways to the area where they will grow and prosper. Trees play a major role in improving the environment and attractiveness of residential and community areas and in keeping with the time of year, Holly trees are available that you can take home and plant when we arrive down for some refreshments in the Knocknaheeny family centre. There are also some information leaflets on the tree planting scheme.

I hope these trees will bring joy, beauty and shade to future generations and commend those involved for the foresight in planning for future generations.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

Cllr. Michael Ahern, Lord Mayor of Cork.

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