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Shameful waste of quality timber in Killarney National Park

While Council’s squander thousands of euro’s of tax payers money on poorly designed and badly constructed street furniture for towns and villages across the county, thousands of euro’s worth of quality timber lies rotting in Killarney National Park.

1st March 2017

For Immediate Release

 

   Date: 28th February 2017

   From: Tom Roche

  Just Forests

  Muckross,

  Killarney,

  Co Kerry

  Phone: 086 8049389

 

Shameful waste of quality timber in Killarney National Park

  -local jobs, common sense and practicality lose out in Council procurement contracts.

 

While Council’s squander thousands of euro’s of tax payers money on poorly designed and badly constructed street furniture for towns and villages across the county, thousands of euro’s worth of quality timber lies rotting in Killarney National Park.

We fully recognise and appreciate the importance of leaving ‘tree litter’ and some ‘fallen’ trees/branches to rot for biological reasons in our forests and woodlands, however, it is totally unnecessary and wasteful to leave high-grade, quality hard/softwood trunks like oak, yew, scot’s pine and beech to rot when it could be converted into usable timber for local construction/craft needs.

Imported street furniture made from tropical timber costing thousands of euros have been removed from the streets of Killarney in recent weeks by Kerry County Council staff. A number of imported tree planters as well as some street seating made from tropical timber of dubious origin have been taken in for “refurbishment”.

Considering this furniture is only in situ for less than a year it is totally unacceptable that the Council should continue to purchase such poorly designed and poorly made made items and at such exorbitant cost.

“Opportunities to produce good quality street furniture made from locally-sourced timber should be given to suitably qualified local small and medium enterprises (SME’s) as a means of supporting local jobs as a matter of urgency.”, according to Just Forests founder, Tom Roche. Roche goes on to say that, “it is not good enough that thousands of euros of quality timber lies rotting in our National Park.”

Ireland has the largest per-capita usage of tropical timber in the EU. It is used in places that is totally unnecessary when Irish-grown timber would do the same job and provide much needed economic incentive for local timber sawmills.

Towards the end of January 2017, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, launched ‘Realising our Rural Potential: The Action Plan for Rural Development.

According to Minister Humphreys, who also happens to have responsibility for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, ”The plan places a focus on creating sustainable rural communities. This means we will implement strategies which will support and empower citizens in local towns, villages and their environs to build on their strengths.”

Just Forests are now calling on Minister Humphreys and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to collect all fallen trees into a stockpile and hold an annual auction where local sawmills can bid on the logs. The income from such activity will help generate funds to pay professional contractors to eradicate the rhododendron and deal with this major ecological catastrophe taking place under our noses.

The Plan contains a number of actions which if implemented will support sustainable communities through enterprise and employment opportunities, rural tourism and recreation as well as fostering a sense of culture, connectivity and creativity in rural communities.

ENDS.

 

Pics available

Also I have available a quotation on the costs associated with the imported tree planters that were removed recently.

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