Hedge too big at Moyanna cemetery

An evergreen hedge has outgrown its welcome at Moyanna cemetery, with calls for it to be removed at the June meeting of Graiguecullen Portarlington municipal district.

An evergreen hedge has outgrown its welcome at Moyanna cemetery, with calls for it to be removed at the June meeting of Graiguecullen Portarlington municipal district.

The hedge is 12 feet high by six feet wide according to Cllr Tom Mulhall, who welcomes the plan for an inspection of the hedge by the environment section of Laois County Council.

“It has maybe doubled in height. No-one can see in, the hedge has grown over the gate piers, and it is hard to keep the parking area free from branches,” Cllr Mulhall said.

He said locals want to have the hedge removed.

“People in the area would like to see it removed and replaced with a wall, just like any other cemetery,” he said, adding that funding for the wall would be welcome.

The evergreen hedge is at the front of the newer part of Moyanna cemetery, which is owned by Laois County Council.

Cllr Paschal McEvoy was in agreement.

“It is unsightly, a wall would be an improvement,” he said.

The council agreed to inspect the site.

“We would have to get permission from the Department of the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht,” added Director of Services Kieran Kehoe.

Meanwhile road verge trimming is underway at junctions on the N78, N80 and R430 by Laois County Council.

The trimming is being done despite a ban on hedgerow cutting in nesting season from March to August, which can be overruled by the council to ensure road safety.

Trimming of vegetation on verges covering traffic road signs is also being done in the Portarlington area.