4.15 Research

There is considerable general research material available on many aspects of work undertaken by the Parks Services and this has influenced how resources are planned, designed, implemented and managed.

Research originating in Ireland is more limited and, to overcome this, direct commissioning by Local Authorities of universities and consultants is undertaken. This has the advantage of focused study on a particular subject that results in the practical application of findings. Parks and open spaces are also used as a resource by university researchers as part of their academic studies or careers and such activity is welcome.