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Clare County Council launches Hedge Cutting Scheme

Irish Hedgerow
Blackthorn hedge

Clare County Council has launches a new scheme aimed at facilitating landowners and community groups in maintaining hedgerows throughout County Clare

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2 September 2015 | 0

 

The Community Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme, which was the first of its kind to be developed in Ireland when it was piloted in 2013, will see €10,000 being provided to deal with the local road network over the coming autumn and winter seasons.

Clare County Council is currently inviting applications from communities and groups from around the county to be submitted before 30th October. Under the scheme successful applications will be awarded a grant of €50 per km of hedgerow, subject to certain conditions and available resources.

Clare County Council says the Scheme will provide some financial assistance to communities and groups that undertake hedgecutting and the cutting of overhanging trees, and will assist landowners in complying with their responsibilities under Section 70 of the Roads Act, 1993.

Commenting on the scheme John Corry, Administrative Officer, Transportation, Clare County Council said “We are confident that this scheme, complemented by the Council’s ongoing hedgecutting programme, will be of benefit in dealing effectively with this issue.”

He added “Our objective is that by the start of the nesting season in March 2016, much of the worst affected local roads in the County will be significantly enhanced in their capacity to accommodate the traffic that uses them.”

“From a road safety point of view, it is important that this responsibility is acknowledged and embraced by roadside landowners and the Community Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme is intended to provide support in this context to offset some of the costs associated with hedgecutting” explained Corry.

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