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Council asked to bin its ban on families planting memorial trees to loves ones in local parks

The notice of motion calls for review of policy and will be debated on Monday

A ban on the planting of memorial trees in council-owned parks in the Newry district could be challenged.

A notice of motion is set to be debated early next week.

And, if approved, it could see a more flexible approach being adopted.

The motion is being tabled by Sinn Fein Councillor Willie Clarke.

He is seeking the cross-party support for his notice which would advocate a review of policy being carried out.

And the policy which he wants to put in the spotlight and argues needs changed is one which “refuses to allow the planting of trees in our parks to remember deceased relatives and friends”.

The motion, seeking approval, says that: “There should be a flexible policy to allow families and friends to plant a tree in council owned parks, to honour loved ones who have passed away.”

The matter will be considered at the monthly meeting of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council on Monday.

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