A UCC scientist has accused the council of ‘green-washing’ and called the 3m high robot trees a waste of taxpayer money

Cork Beo reports: Onlookers on Patrick St today were puzzled as council workers installed three giant ‘cyber trees’ in Cork city centre.

Cork city council says the ‘new residents’ on Patrick St will be “working on pollution and supporting public health.”

The huge wooden structures are labeled as ‘CityTrees’, and they are supposed to “filter harmful pollutants out of the air using the superpower of moss.”

The artificial trees have baffled Leesiders today, and one UCC air quality scientist says that they will not be effective, and has even accused the city council of “green-washing.”

Dean Venables says that the Robot trees are a “costly and ineffectual gimmick” and makes it clear that he doesn’t “support them.” “Cyber Trees are greenwashing by the NTA and the council and a waste of taxpayer money,” Dean said.

The City Trees has been funded by the National Transport Authority, and the three-metre high moss wall devices have cost €380,000 to install.

Read more here: Cork Beo

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