Dublin City Council is now assessing 4,000 trees and will cut down any that pose a danger, says Fergus O’Carroll, a parks superintendent.
It’s one of many measures Dublin City Council is working on to reduce run-off, and heading off flooding as the climate changes.
It’s a change Dublin City Council’s planning committee has advocated for, passing a motion in April and writing to the minister in support of the change.
One of them, between Inchicore and Ballyfermot, is in the final stages of testing now. And there are more to come, in Poolbeg and South Wall.
The idea is to tap into some of the profound feelings astronauts get when they gaze upon Earth from afar, says Zack Denfield of the Center for Genomic Gastronomy.
It’s a pilot project to test things like swales, tree pits and porous paved surfaces to reduce flooding, as the climate changes.
Whether couriers, such as Amazon, UPS, DPD or DHL, will participate isn’t clear. They didn’t respond to queries.
“That whole idea of capitalism and consuming more and more, we want to be the opposite of that, like as an antidote, I suppose,” says organiser Mary Fleming.
This challenge, epitomised by Clontarf, is cropping up all over Ireland and likely to become more common as efforts ramp up to adapt to climate change.
Dublin City Council plans to look next year at such a scheme. “It’s on the to-do list.”