A light aircraft uses a country road as a runway in an operation to spread fertiliser on state forest plantations.

A narrow country road in County Wicklow, has become a runway for a small plane being used to fertilise tree plantations from the air.

Motorists on the road between Glendalough and Hollywood have been encountering something rather more unusual than sheep.

On the lonely mountain stretch near Turlough Hill the light aircraft has been using the narrow road as a runway during an operation to fertilise state forestry plantations.

This is the first time that an aircraft has been used to distribute around three hundred tonnes of fertiliser. The pilot has been faced with the task of ensuring that his temporary runway is clear of other vehicles and roaming livestock. The task is normally carried out every seven years.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 May 1977. The reporter is Dermot Mullane.