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 woodlands.

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.
St. Catherine’s, Lucan
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.
Offington Lawn, Sutton
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 Biodiversity Officer.

Interested in buying firewood from local woodlands in Fingal? Please contact the Biodiversity Officer.
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