Joe Leogue, The Corkman
LANDSCAPER MAKES OFFER TO CASH-STRAPPED COUNCIL
A LEADING landscaper has offered to completely transform a busy Mitchelstown roundabout at absolutely no cost to the cash-strapped county council.
Local officials this week praised the generosity of Peadar Collins of the Irish Tree Centre, who has offered to landscape the Kildorrery road roundabout on the Mitchelstown relief road.
Peadar said his familiarity with the road between Mitchelstown and Kildorrery inspired him to approach the county council with the idea. "I used to cycle that road to school, and that is an absolutely killer hill to cycle up. The new road there is fantastic, and the roundabout is right smack in the middle of it," Peader told The Corkman. "I'd love to landscape it. As part of our locality, it has a lot to offer."
"People in this area are very good to me, this is just a small way of saying thank you," he added. Peadar says that the project will cost somewhere between €20,000 and €25,000 but insists that the council will not bear any expense.
"I'll be using very particular trees in landscaping the roundabout, they will be all specimen trees, ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old. The idea is that the display will be representing the four seasons of the year.
"It would be very unusual with sculpted trees as its centrepiece. It will be both fitting for its surroundings, and offering something different," he explained. It is a busy time of year for the Kildorrery-based business, Peadar added. "The weather is very challenging for us, but our business is geared up for that. "Our season started this week and concludes in April. We're at it hammer and tongs lifting trees, we supply all over the country and export trees too," he said.
Peadar's offer was revealed to local councillors at Tuesday's meeting of the Fermoy Area Committee. Area Engineer Brendan O'Gorman said the council had been reluctant to endorse 'adopt-a-roundabout' ideas in the past for a number of reasons, but praised this offer and said it would be brought to the local AROMA group for approval. "Times have changed and money is so tight we have to embrace a really positive community initiative like this," Mr O'Gorman said.