The grant scheme, which was the first of its kind to be developed in Ireland when it was piloted in 2013, will see €10,000 being provided to deal with the local road network over the coming autumn and winter.

Applications are being invited from communities and groups before 30 October 2017.

Each application will be assessed and a grant of €50 per km of hedgerow will be paid, subject to certain conditions and available resources.

Financial assistance

Clare County Council says the scheme will provide some financial assistance to communities and groups that undertake hedge-cutting and the cutting of overhanging trees, and will assist landowners in complying with their responsibilities under Section 70 of the Roads Act, 1993.

John Corry, administrative officer, transportation, Clare County Council, said that the council is confident that this scheme, complemented by the Council's ongoing hedge-cutting programme, will be of benefit in dealing with this issue.

“Our objective is that by the start of the nesting season in March 2018, much of the worst affected local roads in the county will be significantly enhanced in their capacity to accommodate the traffic that uses them.

The Roads Act, 1993 stipulates that all growth emanating from any part of the roadside boundary structure or from within the land protected by same is the responsibility of the landowner.

"From a road safety point of view, it is important that this responsibility is acknowledged and embraced by roadside landowners and the Community Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme is intended to provide support in this context to offset some of the costs associated with hedge-cutting."

Application forms are available online via, and from Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis.

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