Petition drawn up in Limerick village to stop non-native tree plantation

THE small village of Mountcollins, nestled on the Limerick/Kerry border, would be β€œclosed in” by forestry if a plan by Coillte for a 55-acre forest on the edge of the village goes ahead, locals have warned.

Individuals and groups have lodged their concerns with Coillte and have proposed an alternative. β€œWe are not against Coillte or against development,” said Kevin Flannery, chairman of Mountcollins Development Association and of the local Tidy Towns Committee. β€œWe are against Sitka spruce.”

What we want, Mr Flannery said, is for Coillte to plant native broadleaf trees. β€œWe can work with Coillte to develop it into a local resource,” he said.