Rooted In Love



Fairview Park, Fairview, Clontarf, Dublin 3.

Some of the 50 trees earmarked for felling as part of the design of a new 2.5km cycle route from Clontarf to the city centre are honoured with yellow ribbons.

City councillors, environmental groups, and cycling organisations have said the trees, some older than 100 years old (see below) should not be sacrificed to make way for the cycle path and an alternative solution should be found.

Dublin City Council said the proposed cycle path could be scrapped if councillors do not approve the designs for its development.


East Wall History Group writes:

New research by the East Wall History Group has shown that the trees are of significant historical interest. Their planting contributed not only to the proper development of Fairview Park but also helped initiate a reforestation programme across the country .

The full historical background can be found at link below…

Historical Trees , Fairview Park & the Irish Forestry Society (EastWallForLife)

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In Fairviewness

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16 thoughts on “Rooted In Love

  1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    As Suzy Sheep might say ‘CUT DOWN THE TREES!!’.

    I think they should make a crazy windy path around the trees. Make things interesting.

  2. dhaughton99

    The few times have cycled around here, I have had to use the road because cars are parked all along the cycle path. Maybe its just that its usually on Sundays.

    Leave the trees alone.

  3. b

    nice pic there of someone cycling the wrong way on the path which is part of the problem is that there are two blind corners on it, it’s covered in a slimy mulch in autumn from the leaves and the gates are locked in the mornings for the alternative route through the park

    the cycle route is a pain in the arse to use and when you can go through the park it’s not fit for purpose as kids stray onto it from everywhere meaning you can cycle freely

    maybe some other solutions can be found but cutting down a few trees doesn’t bother me

  4. Mr. Camomile Tea

    Dublin City Council’s engineers are presenting this as a simple choice between chopping down the trees and building a cycle path, i.e. if you don’t want to chop down the trees then you don’t get a cycle path. This position is misleading as there are multiple better design options for the cycle path that don’t involve cutting the trees.
    This project looks like it has been set up to fail and the current posturing of the council’s engineers in presenting this ‘ultimatum’ is disgraceful. If they can’t see a way to build the cycle path without cutting down trees then they are either incompetent or corrupt.

    1. Matt

      Yeah it’s like they don’t see the connection between improving cycling infrastructure and a reduction in motor traffic, which means sacrificing a traffic lane for cycling seems like a bad idea.

      Frankly, without congestion I probably wouldn’t cycle as often as I do, which is a sad fact, but a compelling argument for increasing the quality of cycling infrastructure at the expense of increased motor congestion. Some people can’t be persuaded to change their habits with ads and the promise of health benefits. Present them with an extra 30 minutes sitting in traffic and maybe they’ll opt for the bike instead?

  5. scottser

    right, you cycle as fast as you can up to the first tree, jump from your still-moving bike onto ropes in the trees and swing like tarzan to the end of the park. your bike will be waiting for you at the end, having been coaxed along using reverse magnet technology.

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