City planners shop for capital's 150 festive trees
THE summer sunshine has barely arrived but already council chiefs have their eyes on the festive season.
It may be 125 days until Christmas, but Dublin City Council is already seeking 150 Christmas trees to decorate the city streets during December.
Five giant trees measuring between 45ft and 50ft, and 90 8ft trees are on the top of their Christmas shopping list.
In a tender document published in July, DCC has also asked that suppliers provide 50 stands and 30 wreaths.
Council bosses have strict standards for the trees they are purchasing for the city, it seems.
"Each tree is to be healthy and in vigorous condition," the tender document reads.
"It is to be fully furnished from the appropriate length of stem handles, symmetry and fullness of foliage."
There must also be "no damaged, dying, dead or missing branches" under the strict specifications. Some 30 trees will be between 30 and 33ft and the remainder will range between 10ft and 15ft.
There will be marginally less Christmas cheer this year as DCC will be purchasing one less Christmas tree when compared to 2014's festive haul.
The amount to be spent is not specified in the document.
Any supplier must have at least mobile crane to transport and load the trees.
Applications for the tender process closed yesterday.
Previously, the Herald revealed that the average cost spend per tree is approximately €2,700.
Last year, the southside won out in the Christmas decoration stakes and were given more trees by the council.
On top of fresh Christmas trees, the city council also spends in excess of €30,000 on the storage and maintenance for a giant LED tree that once stood on O'Connell Street.