Most of the woodlands in Fingal date from the hey-days
of estate planting. Many of these woodlands would not have
been managed for the last two or three decades. In some instances
the lack of management has resulted in uniform and species-poor
The woodland conservation programme in Fingal focuses on:
diversifying the structure
of the woodland,
increasing the diversity
of tree species
controlling invasive species
such as Cherry Laurel and Snowberry.
Abbotstown Woodland, Blanchardstown
Cherry Laurel trees are dominating the beautiful Abbotstown
woodland in Blanchardstown. The dense shade caused by these
trees inhibits the growth of other plants and trees. This
has resulted in a very poor ground flora and limited regeneration
of trees over the last 20-30 years. Fingal County Council,
together with local community groups and the Conservation
Volunteers Fingal have been clearing the Cherry Laurel for
the last 3 years. By removing these evergreen trees, plants
such as Bluebells and Woodland anemones can thrive again and
new Oak trees have been planted to make a start with the regeneration
of the woodland.
In the woodlands at St. Catherines Park in Lucan, Fingal County
Council is enhancing the ecological value of a conifer plantation
by creating woodland glades and thinning the plantation. The
conifer trees cast such a dense shade that nothing grows underneath
these tall trees. Opening up the woodland canopy allows sunlight
to penetrate to the woodland floor, which in turn stimulates
the germination of new plants and trees. The first results
can already be seen in the woodland glades, where young Elder
and various herbaceous plants have appeared within a year
after creating the glades.
The Offington estate in Sutton includes a pocket of mixed
woodland. The Offington Residents Association wished to restore
some of the ecological value and to develop a circular pathway
through the woodland. Local residents, together with Fingal
County Council staff and the Conservation Volunteers Fingal,
removed Bramble, Snowberry, Ivy and some exotic trees and
put up birdboxes to restore the woodland to its former glory.
The first results are encouraging with primroses and wild
garlic appearing again after many years of absence.
For more information on these projects please contact the
Interested in buying firewood from local woodlands in Fingal?
Please contact the Biodiversity Officer.