Stoneybatter Greening Strategy

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9th April 2020

Over the last 5 months, Parks and Landscape Services, working with Urban Agency and Mary Tubridy ecologists have run an engagement process to invite local residents to identify possible project sites for new greening projects (see submission booklet here).

Following four months of public engagement that included workshops and collective mapping exercises, 40 ideas were submitted by local residents groups for the streets and green spaces within the project site area (edged by Grangegorman, the North Circular Road, Phoenix Park and The Liffey.)

We are in the process of writing up the strategy that brings together the 40 submissions, consolidating proposals where relevant and connecting with a wider strategy that aims to create green routes north and south across the project site.

Project proposals include street tree planting, green walls and murals, road closures to create pocket parks, improvement to existing parks, consolidation of parking to make space for parklets and wayfinding.

DCC Parks and Landscape Services are working a number of the DCC technical departments to the review the emerging strategy including roads and traffic, planning, parking enforcement, drainage, conservation and the arts offices.

The final strategy will be made publically available when complete.

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Suzanne O’ Connell


What has happened so far.

Design Workshops

The Launch

Stanhope Street Primary, Mon 21st October, 2019, 6:30-9:00pm

“Stoneybatter will be a village of green walkways that connect everyone in the area. It will be a place for animals, birds and bees, as well as humans.” Bríd Maher, Stoneybatter Resident and design workshop 1 participant

This launch event was the first opportunity for the residents, business owners and people working in the area to learn about the Greening Strategy and begin to think how they might contribute their own ideas.

63 participants attended a 90 minute workshop on a warm Monday evening in October. The posters had been up in the neighbourhood for a few weeks already, and some social media shout-outs were generating interest and curiosity.

The session began with facilitated small group work. As the room filled up Suzanne and Deirdre from DCC Parks and Landscape Services presented the key elements of the strategy and collaborative design process. Before the evening finished there was time for questions from the floor, and further discussions at the small groups.

“Stoneybatter will be a community of quiet peaceful streets, with minimal motor traffic, trees lining every street, wall creepers, hedges, flower beds and seating areas all over. There will be people sitting outside businesses in Stoneybatter village, play areas, locally grown produce from streets and roof terraces shared amongst neighbours.” Michael Banim, Stoneybatter Resident shared his vision for Stoneybatter

Thanks to Stanhope Street Primary School, and to all the small group facilitators who supported the workshop process ; Christina Todd, Iva Geci, Lorraine Bull, Debbie Clarke, Francesca Carboni, Mary Tubridy, Betsy Hickey, Stephanie Dickenson, Seáneen Sullivan and Sarah Williams.

Ideas Development Workshop

Scout Hall, Ben Edair Road, Sat 9th November, 2019, 10am - 1pm

48 participants took part in a three-hour design workshop on a Saturday morning. The goal was to support 18 street-groups (and individuals) learn more about the idea submission process, and what’s involved in making a realistic strategy submission. 

The workshop was supported by a variety of expertise and workshop coaches who guided the street-groups to explore their ideas and figure out how to make their idea a reality considering the many constraints of building in the public realm. As part of the workshop, two groups (Harold Road and Carnew Street) presented some of their submission ideas as case studies.

“Stoneybatter will be a greener space where children are out on the streets, playing safely outside. There will be more space on the road to connect with neighbours. No doubt there’ll be more small businesses - shops, coffee shops, restaurants, etc. Fingers crossed for more independent business, rather than chains..” Julie Grant, Stoneybatter Resident shared her vision for Stoneybatter

Thanks to the Scout Hall for hosting the session, and to all those who came to support the process as coaches and sharing their expertise; Christina Todd, Mary Tubridy, Sara Brady

Lorraine Bull, Stephen Groomes, Mike Cullinan, Francesca Carboni, Andrew Griffin, Sarah Williams, Stephanie Dickenson and Kaethe Burt O’Dea.

Field Studies


October 26th

Thank you to DCC tree officer Ludovic Beaumont and Landscape Architects Gareth Toolan & Suzanne O’ Connell for hosting a tree identification walk around Stoneybatter. We visited the many & dieverse species of trees in the Stoneybatter and discussed how tricky it is to plant a tree with the many competing forces for space in our public space. We need to work hard to protect our trees in the city and ensure that we future proof by planting the appropriate tree species for the site and ensure that we plant trees in pits that are large enough so that the roots have enough space to grow supporting the tree to thrive and hopefully outlive us all!


16th November

Thank you to all who attended the Stoneybatter Greening mapping walk; ecologists Betsy Hickey & Mary Tubridy for introducing us to some of the leafy habitats of Stoneybatter, Kaethe Burt O' Dea for hosting us in the very cozy Biurban and to all who wrapped up warm to join us on the exploration.

‘I'd be saying goodbye to that Cordyline,’ noted Betsy Hickey when observing the poor habitat value of this non-native species in Halliday square, Stoneybatter on Saturday’s habitat mapping walk. ‘Plant more hawthorn’ she said. Hawthorn is good for city planting, a rich habitat for all kinds of wildlife and & a food source throughout the seasons and it's good for humans too. Eat the spring leaves to support your heart and blood function and try hawthorn gin and vodka in winter!

Thank you to Dave Dunn who has been working with us in Parks and Landscape Services to develop, facilitate and deliver this engagement process. (