More than five million trees, half of them oak, have been destroyed in the past three years by the country’s largest private nursery due to lengthy delays in the granting of planting and felling licences by the Department of Agriculture.
“It is incredibly grim. We will be destroying another 500,000 oak trees in two weeks,” Teige Ryan, director of None So Hardy Nursery in Co Wicklow, said.
The nursery supplies over 90...
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