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Tree Planting Updated:2013-05-30
In autumn 2011, about 40 volunteers from all around the community of Clogheen and Kerry Pike got together in one morning and planted 60 trees, creating a corridor effect joining Clogheen and Kerry Pike. This was the largest and most visible of a series of weekends of community involvement. All in all, in a few weeks between September and November, 132 trees, 76 shrubs were added to the roadsides and walkways of Clogheen Kerry Pike.This frenzy of activity by the broader community was the culmination of a huge amount of preparation lead by the Community Association, dating back to the start of the year. The vision was clear: enhancing the appearance of our community area through a planting project, while creating a common theme to help define the Clogheen Kerry Pike area as a recognizable unit. The act of implementing the project was also a vehicle for members of the community to together and get to know each other. In addition, we hoped that the addition of roadside trees would help deter the large-scale drive-by littering to which the area was prone, while also slowing traffic. It does appear to have had a beneficial effect on both accounts, as traffic appears to have slowed some bit and there has been no dumping of large items this winter.
All in all, this project included:
- Erection of the new gates and a wall at the entrance to Ballycannon Park.
- Planting 132 trees at various strategic points in the area
- 76 shrubs
- 3 park benches
- 2 miles of wild flowers
- Re-surfaced pathway around the GAA pitch.
As much as possible, this work was performed by members of the community, giving their time freely.
A very significant proportion of the funding for this project was provided by European Leader Fund: Blackwater Avondhu,(€45,000), plus a further €10,000 funded by Cork County Council Community Development office, with the Clogheen Kerry Pike Community paying the difference (around €5,000), as well as providing voluntary labour that was estimated to be valued at around €10,000.
In order to receive the EU and County Council funding, we had to follow very strict controls. Everything had to be planned, costed (using at least 3 quotes) and shown in detail (with before and after photos). The type and exact location of every single tree, bench, wall and gate had to be marked out in advance, and we walked the roads on several occasions with the funding authorities showing exactly the marked locations where the trees would be planted.
The selection of tree-types was also critical, so we worked closely with horticulturalists to select these. Upright Hornbeams (Franz Fontaine) were selected for the avenue of 60 trees planted between Clogheen and KerryPike. This is a small slender and compact tree perfect for tight locations and ideal for achieving the avenue effect. Another key reason for the selection of the tree type is its relatively small and shallow root foot-print; we pointed out and agreed with the county council that the trees were over some buried water-pipes, and that these trees would not interfere with the pipes. In fact, by discouraging road-side parking over the pipes, the presence of the trees may reduce the incidence of burst pipes in the future.
Planting in other areas was also implemented in a themed manners, based on horticulturalists advice. Beech trees have been planted right around the boundary of Ballycannon Park. Large trees (Oaks, Liquid Ambers and Parrottia) were planted at entrance points to the community, as well as at key junctions. The idea here is to eventually create a gate effect as the trees grow, and also to provide a spectacular display of Autumn colour.
At Healy’s Bridge, the stone walls were cleaned and planted with 8 Boston Ivies and 4 Honeysuckles. Solar lights were fitted to the bridge. The idea is not to light the bridge, but rather to highlight the walls.
At the bottom of Morgan’s Hill trees and shrubs have been planted, and a bench has been added. The colouring here is Red and White across autumn and winter due to the red stems on the shrubs and white bark of the Paper birch tree
In addition, 2 miles of road side are being planted with wild flowers. If successful these flowers will self-seed and the plants/colour will continually change and develop.
We should expect the trees to settle for up to 3 years before they become fully established and the wild flowers should be well established in two years time.