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Celebrate World Wetlands Day 2 February 2017

Dublin City Council and Coastwatch Ireland are running a number of Events to celebrate  RAMSAR International World Wetlands Day on the 2nd of February 2017.

  • Visit our interactive display at the Atrium Civic Offices, Monday - Friday (9.00am-5.00pm) until the 18th February 2017.  Exhibits include;
    • The results of the 2016 Annual Coastwatch Survey.
    • Information on RAMSAR Wetlands.
    • Photographs of North Bull Island by photographic wildlife enthusiasts from the Celbridge Camera Club
    • The story of the iconic migratory Brent Goose.
    • View the work of local BT Young Scientists from Gonzaga College.
    • See how school children from St Louise’s Junior School Ballyfermot, St Malachy’s Raheny and St Joseph CBS Primary School Fairview became  Brent Goose  Ambassadors for the Dublin Bay Biosphere.
    • Free information, biodiversity identification guides to take home.
    • See how you can get involved in taking action to protect our city’s wetlands.
  • Young people (Age 15 to 25 ) are also invited to take photos at wetland sites and to submit them to RAMSAR with a chance to win a visit to an international RAMSAR site.  RAMSAR PHOTO COMPETITION .

Ranelagh Gardens Park – NEW Playground Installation

Please click here to view site notice and pedestrian layout map in regard to the construction of the new playground in Ranelagh  Gardens Park. It is anticipated that the work will commence  on Monday 30th January 2017 with an estimated four week build period. While every care has been taken  to minimise noise  and inconvenience to the public resulting from the works Dublin City Council and KOMPAN  apologise in advance  for  inconvenience to park users and residents  living in the immediate vicinity of the work. 

For any further information please contact e-mail:

Celebrate Science Week with Dublin Bay Biosphere!

Dr John Joyce will give a presentation for all ages "Every Second Breath - What the Ocean really means to us" at Pearse Street Library on Tuesday November 10th. 

For more info please click onto

Watermill Road Monterey Cypress   Cupressus macrocarpa 

As many visitors to St Anne’s Park know, and indeed the local community well know, we sadly had to say goodbye to one of our magnificent mature trees; a beautiful Monterey Cypress.  This one was special as it was enormous and occupied the corner of the park at the junction of James Larkin Road and Watermill Road. Sadly due to Health and Safety reasons the crown and framework of the tree had to be removed as it was shattering and breaking up. The decision to remove, it we can assure you, was not an easy one.

However our tree is moving into a new phase of existence as work has started on sculpting the tree, probably the biggest of its kind anywhere, and we are glad to say even though the work will take approx two years, the new images emerging from the trees are making their presence felt, motorists and pedestrians alike stopping to have a look to see what is going on as they can notice a new life emerging from the tree.  The theme of the transformation is Biodiversity echoing the unique wildlife on the North Bull Island and tying into the new Dublin Bay Eco Unesco site.

Check out our Facebook Page for the latest news on this work in progress

Celebrate Tetra Pak Tree Day by planting a tree this October 8th
~ Be a True Friend of the Environment- Bí  dílis don dúlra ~

The Tree Council of Ireland supported by Tetra Pak, is delighted to launch Tetra Pak Tree Day themed ‘Be a True Friend of the Environment’, on Thursday 8th October. On Tetra Pak Tree Day schools and families nationwide are invited to spend the day learning about trees and being outside enjoying their natural environment.  As part of this year’s campaign, over 1,000 Birch tree saplings will be made available free of charge through the website,, for primary schools to help teach children about the importance of planting trees to improve biodiversity on the school grounds.  The Tetra Pak Tree Day website also enables school children to take a pledge to be a life-long friend of the environment.


Green Flag for Parks
Poppintree Park, and Bushy Park, have received a Green Flag for Parks Award 2015/2016 .The Green Flag is a mark of a quality Park or Green Space, in recognition of achieving the national standard for parks and green spaces, a project which is active in more than 50 countries and administered in Ireland by An Taisce.


The Terenure Village Market

The Terenure Village Market opens every Saturday in Bushy Park  11.00 – 4.00. The Market has a mix of stalls selling artisan food products, organic vegetables, pastries, breads, confectionary, arts and crafts and much more.  There are also occasional music performances and family fun events associated with the market

The 40 stall capacity market is made up of lots of hot food stalls, yummy cakes, barista coffee, fresh juices, beautiful paintings, crafts, kids entertainment and lots, lots more!  For more information please check out

Temporary closure of the James Larkin Road Car Park

Due to the commencement of the next phase of the S2S Cycle track Programme, the car park on the James Larkin Road, beside the pond, St. Anne's Park, will be closed to the public from Monday,27th April 2015 until further notice. D.C.C apologises for any inconvenience caused during these works.

Recycling a tree? - Why not plant a tree for 2015 and beyond... Find out more here.

Ireland’s Second National Biodiversity Plan, Actions for 2011-2016

Ireland’s Second National Biodiversity Plan, Actions for 2011-2016 was launched in November 2011. It contains a Vision Statement, Strategy and specific Actions to be completed by 2016. It can be viewed by clicking here.

Dublin City Council continues to progress these Actions and to support and promote Biodiversity through all of its services and policies, in accordance with the National Plan, the DCC Biodiversity Action Plan 2008-2012 and the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017. Dublin City Council has had an officer for Biodiversity since 2005.

The designated officer for Biodiversity since 2009 is Maryann Harris, Parks and Landscape Services Division, contact 222-3806 or by email:

For further information on Biodiversity in Dublin City, please click here.

Dublin City Council’s role in historic recording of salmon in Tolka

Juvenile wild Atlantic salmon have been recorded in three locations in the River Tolka for the first time in well over one hundred years. This is thanks to the Tolka Flood Relief Scheme which was carried out by the Office of Public Works, Dublin City Council and Meath and Fingal County Councils. Photo of one of the new ponds under construction at Cardiffdsbridge

The scheme improved water quality and removed or modified a number of man-made weirs which opened the river up to migrating fish stocks and this has resulted in the historic recording of wild salmon in the Tolka at Glasnevin, Finglas and all the way upstream to the Tolka’s headwaters in Dunboyne.

The salmon’s habitat will be further improved by the Inland Fisheries Ireland enhancement plan that Dublin City Council is implementing at Tolka Valley Park, Cardiffsbridge. Once complete, there will be a new linear park along the Tolka River at the Pelletstown area which will include the improvement of fish habitat and the control of invasive species including Giant Hogweed. Photo of one of the new ponds under construction at Cardiffdsbridge

The regional park includes new planting of thousands of trees and shrubs and will provide a continuous cycle and walking route along the River from Ashtown to Glasnevin, with partial funding from the National Transport Authority.

Photo of Cardiffsbridge Park Plan

Bushy Park Masterplan Update

Dublin City Council Parks Department commissioned MosArt to prepare a Landscape Masterplan and Management & Development Plan to ‘identify management, maintenance, development and landscape design objectives’ for Bushy Park. The brief required a set of consolidated guidance documents to provide the direction for future design and management decisions relating to the Park. The project was divided into two stages with the first one being a combination of professional evaluation and public consultation. The second stage was the development of design and management objectives based on the findings of stage one.

MosArt recently presented their Landscape Masterplan to the South Central Area Committee. Download the presentation or read more about Bushy Park.

Guidelines for Open Space and Landscape Development Works

The Parks and Landscapes Services Division of Dublin City Council have issued general guidelines for the development of open space to ensure quality standards are met. Persons preparing planning applications, including landscape professionals, should be aware of the specific European and national standards relating to open space and landscape development works. Read the guidelines.

For more information

Parks and Landscape Services

Tel.: (01) 222 5278

Fax: (01) 222 2668