Wood for the tees: golf course pays €30,000 for poplars

A TOP golf course in Co Limerick yesterday branched out and bought two gigantic 50-year-old trees for €30,000.

The biggest trees ever planted in this country were rooted into large craters excavated at Adare Manor Hotel golf course, after being brought over from Belgium.

The two Silver Poplars last night nestled majestically by the river Maigue.

Adare Manor owner Tom Kane paid €30,000 to have the two trees brought to Adare.

Months of planning were put into transporting the 60ft high trees which weighed 15 tonnes.

The team who helped bring the trees to Adare and plant them needed:

Two specially extended transport vehicles,

A forty tonne crane,

A huge excavator to gouge out huge roots,

A special transporter vehicle to take the trees from the unloading area to the point of planting on the 18th hole, and

A dumper to remove excess soil.

It took a team of 12 men under golf course superintendent Joe O'Flaherty five hours to imbed them.

Mr Kane yesterday said he decided on a 'tree transplant' after a Silver Poplar, which was over 100 years old, was felled in a storm last January.

Mr Kane and Matthew Niesen from Nangle & Niesen Ltd, the Cork wholesale nursery company, travelled to Belgium last February where they sourced and purchased the two mature trees from Arbour Nurseries.

Mr O'Flaherty said the enormous trees were capable of being replanted several times. "These two trees would have been moved about five times over the past 50 years within the Belgium forest so that they adapt to being moved. They were uprooted about thee months ago and a huge amount of preparation work was carried out on the roots."

The Adare Manor Golf course opened in 1995 and was designed and built by famous golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr.

The fairways are carved through 850 acres of forest and a manmade lake covering 14 acres is one of its many spectacular features.

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