Please be advised that essential tree works, including pruning and felling are proposed to commence in a section of Newbridge Demesne on November 8, 2021.
A section of woodland in Newbridge Demesne was surveyed in 2020 to ascertain the condition and health of the trees situated parallel to Turvey Avenue and a public foot path within Newbridge Demesne. Tree pruning and felling works were scheduled on a phased bases in this section of woodland following the arborists report.
Works commenced in winter 2020 but could not get completed due to adverse weather conditions. These works could not be carried out during the summer months due to the requirements of the Wildlife Act 1976 as amended.
It is now proposed to commence these essential works of tree pruning and felling on the 8th of November. The scheduled work is in line with Fingal County Council’s vision to retain the heritage characteristics the woodland has to offer, while maintaining and providing a sustainable safe woodland for members of the public to enjoy. Arboriculture works (felling, tree pruning and replacement planting) will be carried out in line with Fingal Tree Strategy, the Biodiversity Action Plan and in accordance with the best Arboriculture standards.
Trees scheduled for felling are dead, diseased, dying or are in a structurally unsound condition. A number of trees scheduled for removal exhibit V shaped compression forks or are affected by specific types of fungus that compromise the integrity of the wood structure. Some extremely low value young trees that have self-seeded beside the historic wall and are currently damaging the wall will also be removed. A number of Fraxinus (Ash) trees have unfortunately clearly demonstrated signs of the disease Fraxinus Chalara that is prevalent all over the country and will also be felled.
Pruning will be carried out on trees to make them safe and improve their structure and their stability especially where they have been previously sheltered by trees recommended for felling.
Invasive species will be removed particularly Prunus laurocerasus (Cherry laurel). This is a non-native invasive plant, tolerant to shade and drought with the ability to kill beneficial native plants. This plant also affects the health of trees by competing for nutrients and water.
While an important part of the work is the removal of trees and shrubbery it will be followed by planting of replacement trees and shrubs. The replacement planting is most suited to this historic woodland area and will include Ilex aquifolium (Holly), Corylus (Hazel), Sorbus (White beam), Crateagus, Ferns, Beech, Horse Chestnut, Oak, Fir, Larch and Evergreen Oak.
This will rejuvenate the woodland and will provide many benefits such as ecology and aesthetics providing sustainability and biodiversity for the future.
See link to video explaining works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSrcAVS_YCs