City Council defends itself from critics: 'We plant 200 trees a year'
Cork City Council says it plants around 200 trees a year, amid criticism that the local authority is cutting down plantlife to the detriment of the city centreâs environs. Public footpath at South Mall, Cork outside 97, South Mall (the former Savings Bank) and The Maldron Hotel. Responding to the online criticism last month, City Hall tweeted that two trees were removed from South Mall on health and safety grounds. City Hall said finding suitable locations to replant along South Mall is difficult due to the number of underground services. However, he said central Government should have stepped in to assist the City Council in fixing the damage caused by Storm Ophelia in 2017, when 500 trees were lost in the city and were never replaced.