I am a visual artist, painting nature in a naturalistic style using oils as my preferred medium. My work is inspired by the wild and wonderful landscapes and seascapes which surround me in the West of Ireland.
'Pathway to the Lake' at Coole Park, Gort Co Galway Oil on Canvas
These eighteen 80 year old trees at Coole Park, Gort, have been felled because they posed a “serious risk” to public safety.
The Monterey cypress trees were felled at the former home of Lady Augusta Gregory on advice from expert arborists who found that the trees could fail at any time without warning, and posed a serious risk to public safety.
Some of the trees were infected by a type of bracket fungus called Ganoderma applanatum, but this was not the only reason for their removal, according to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
“The trees were in very poor condition. The crowns of the trees were very damaged and in these cases, failure of the roots or falling branches is not uncommon in this species,” said a spokesperson.
Some restrictions remain in place around the area where the trees were felled, and are likely to last about another week until the stumps of the trees are ground and the felled timber removed.