Stoneybatter Greening Strategy

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Greening Stoneybatter Strategy

Over a period of eight months, Parks, Biodiversity and Landscape Services, working with public-realm designers Urban Agency, ecologist Mary Tubridy and facilitator Dave Dunn ran a co-design process to work with local residents to collectively develop a vision and strategy for a greener Stoneybatter.  

The Greening Stoneybatter report sets out the conclusion of this collaboration (250+ participants), which has generated a great deal of discussion and 41 firm ideas from the local community , as well as key projects identified by the design team.  

In mapping the Green Infrastructure (GI) network, three types of interlinked areas are recognised. Core areas are the nuclei of the network. Hubs buffer the core areas, and are less important for biodiversity. Corridors maintain connectivity and provide for animal movement and plant dispersal.  The map below identifies new and existing biodiversity corridors that could be enhanced through the proposed interventions of the Strategy.  



Stoneybatter is currently of low value for biodiversity and green infrastructure.  The Greening Strategy offers an opportunity to improve this status. The principal objective is to develop new connective corridors between the main biodiversity hubs in the area. 

These maps were used as the baseline to identify key strategic routes across the site. This study was combined with ideas proposed by the local community to identify a long list of potential projects to enhance the green infrastructure in this area.

This list is mapped on the 'Greening Strategy Map’ (an update of the map on page 55 in the draft strategy document). The list includes street tree planting along key strategic routes and secondary residential streets, improvements to the parks in the area and creation of new pocket parks.  

The goal of these projects is to improve the permeability of the overall area and provide east-west and north-south green corridors, connecting Grangegorman, Stoneybatter and the new communities at O’Devaney Gardens across to Phoenix Park and the Liffey. This would improve mobility through important arterial routes in the area, while supporting biodiversity, air quality and access to green spaces. 

The project list is ambitious but sets a framework for the planning, design and implementation of green infrastructure interventions in a phased approach in the coming years. 

We are currently reviewing the proposed list of projects for 2021. 

The draft strategy report was completed in July and was shared with the project mailing list. Please email if you would like to receive a link to see the full draft document. 


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. (