Carolyn Moore

Green Party Councillor for Kimmage Rathmines

Leinster Road Tree Removal

Tree work – Leinster Road

I’m sorry to report that eight semi-mature hornbeams are set to be removed on Leinster Road. Like many of our more established street trees, these were not planted with the appropriate foresight, and in this case they have been planted too close to the Victorian boundary walls of the properties backing on to Leinster Road.

Sadly these are completely healthy trees, however there are concerns that they may begin to destabilise the boundary walls in the coming ten to 15 years. As the report of DCC’s tree officer outlines in more detail, Parks carried out a visual assessment of the trees following complaints of the canopies overhanging into private gardens, and the tree officer has concluded that pruning is not a viable solution, given the risk to trees themselves, and the proximity to the wall and risk of impending collapse. 

As of today, Monday October 16th, Parks have agreed to pause the works for one week to allow for engagement with interested parties, but the removal of three of the eight trees has already been completed. 

This is a huge loss to local biodiversity, greening, and the intrinsic character of Leinster Road and I will be liaising with Parks to ensure the best possible outcome under the circumstances.