A LOCAL councillor has asked that tenders for tree planting work in Kildare be kept small to allow for more local sourcing.
Cllr Seán Power asked at the January meeting of the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District that in view of the importance of the horticultural industry in the county, the council would outline its tree planting plan for the area.
He asked what percentage of the trees will be sourced within the county.
Cllr Power was told that a tree planting programme for the county for 2019 is currently being prepared.
“This will be broadly similar in cost and content to the 2018 programme,” said director of services Sonya Kavanagh.
“It will be forwarded to the members when completed. The tree planting is carried out by landscape contractors who source and plant the trees.
“There is no requirement to source trees within the county as this is not allowed under procurement rules. Therefore where the trees are sources from is a matter for the contractor who is awarded the work.”
If we tendered for smaller amounts it would encourage the sourcing of more trees from within the county, said Cllr Power.