The Department of Infrastructure has insisted that a number of oak trees in Newry City will be not be impacted by ongoing works. The statement comes as local support grows to protect the trees and its environment while flood alleviation work is ongoing.
A Department for Infrastructure (DfI) spokesperson said:
“The Department is progressing essential Flood Alleviation works to reduce the flood risk to Newry city. This first phase of the flood alleviation scheme includes works to reduce flood risk to numerous businesses located in Greenbank industrial estate. Work is currently progressing in areas within the Greenbank estate which will not impact on any trees.
The Department has just received a report from a specialist independent arboriculturalist, who surveyed the trees along the river in Greenbank, and is carefully considering their report before any decision is taken on the removal of any further trees.”