The Tree Project
Abbeyleix is well known and much admired for the beautiful lime trees that adorn both sides of the Main Street. They create a wonderful vista when entering the town.
Lime trees were first planted in the town over 150 years ago. The main street was re-furbished by Laois County Council and the NRA in 2000.
During the renewal of the footpaths it became very obvious that the old trees had reached the end of their useful lifespan. Professional advice from Coillte Teo indicated clearly that the trees had serious decay and posed a great danger to the general public.
Coillte Teo concluded there was no option but to remove the trees. Recognising the importance, both historically and aesthetically of street trees to the town, Cass Environmental Consultants were commissioned to prepare a tree replacementplan for the town.
The plan concluded that both sides of the Main Street should be planted with semi-mature specimens of Tilia Cordata "Greenspire".
This particular Lime tree was chosen for its suitability as a beautiful urban street tree and for its ability to withstand aerial pollution from traffic.
Early management included frequent watering and inspection to the ornamental tree guards.
Ongoing maintenance includes judicious pruning as recommended by an Arboriculturalist.
The removal of the trees was very controversial at the time. The motorist who parked their cars under the trees did not regret their demise because the old trees had resin deposit which was corrosive and caused rust spots on the cars.
Eleven years the "Tilia Cordata" has added a graceful elegance on the Main Street