Ash Dieback public information meeting held in Ballinamore

IFA and Department of Agriculture recently organised a public meeting following confirmation of an outbreak of Ash Dieback disease in a hedgerow outside Ballinamore earlier this month.

Over 50 farmers, local community representatives and IFA representatives attended the meeting in the Commercial and Tourist Hotel, Ballinamore on Friday, October 25.

At the meeting affected farmers raised concerns over damage to land and fencing caused by the removal of trees in the buffer zone identified around the site of the original Ash Dieback outbreak 12 months ago.

Farmers are seeking assurances on the following matters:

1. The quantification of firewood lost through the culling of Ash trees;

2. The restoration of stock proof fencing damaged by the removal of the trees;

3. The restoration of ground impacted by the works;

4. The replacement of trees removed from hedgerows at a future date and

5. Compensation for the inconvenience caused to some farmers through the early rehousing of stock in order to facilitate tree removal.

For the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.