21 October 2022
By Elaine Murphy
Cork University Hospital intend to carry out works to fell the trees at the front of the campus “which have reached end of life”.
The trees are located inside the perimeter railing by the front entrance to the hospital adjacent to the main road.
The works will take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October 6am to 7pm.
While the works are being carried out the following restrictions will be in place:
Road access from the Main Hospital entrance to the Accident and Emergency Department will be closed off. Persons wishing to access the campus should turn left when driving in the main entrance and follow the sign posted road diversions for the Main Hospital and Emergency Department
Access to the Maternity car park will be closed
The two bus stops located on the CUH campus road will be closed for the duration of the works which will affect Routes 214/216 from 23:00hrs on Friday 21st October until 08:00hrs on Monday 24th October
Customers wishing to travel on route 214 can do so from Sarsfield Road bus stop.
Customers wishing to travel on route 216 can do so from Glasheen Road bus stop
Pedestrian access will be closed from the Main Hospital entrance to the Emergency Department. Pedestrians wishing to access the Emergency Department should use the pedestrian access adjacent to the Ambulance Entrance or the pedestrian access on Wilton road across from the Old Bishopstown Credit Union.
Vehicular access turning right to the Emergency Department will be exist outside those times.
Green Party Councillor for Cork City South West Colette Finn reacted to the news by saying
“Dismay was my reaction when I was contacted about the tree felling at CUH on Saturday 22nd October. The reason given in the newspapers for the felling was that the trees had ‘reached end of life’ I’m not sure what exactly that means because it would be unusual that a row of trees would all reach the end of their natural existence at the same time. However I will give hospital management the benefit of the doubt.”
“There is ample evidence that surrounding our hospitals with greenery is good for patients. The public health remit of CUH should mean that they promote biodiversity on their campus. Biodiverse areas have been shown to promote a healthier environment for humans. I hope at the very least that the hospital management intend to replace the trees felled with double the number. I understand that mature trees cannot be replaced with trees of equal quality but there should be no diminution to the greenery of the CUH campus.”