Dublin City Tree Strategy 2016-2020
Trees help define Dublin as a capital city and are an important asset. Dublin's open spaces and tree-lined streets are an integral part of the city's identity. They enhance the city environment in which we live, work and visit.
Trees form a part of Dublin's history and are part of its future. Trees in Georgian squares and streets, Victorian areas and leafy suburbs help to underpin the city’s character and identity. They also contribute to urban design and can help define spaces, as they have along O'Connell Street and in front of the General Post Office (GPO).
Trees have a very different life cycle to most other public assets. Their value increases with time and so they must be protected.
The Tree Strategy seeks to provide a coordinated approach to the management of trees in Dublin city. The strategy sets out a long-term vision for the management of public trees. It also creates a greater awareness of, and appreciation for this valuable resource within Dublin City Council, other relevant agencies and among the public.
The Strategy comprises three main sections:
- Trees in Dublin City – A review of the city’s treescape, the importance of urban trees, their current management and a review of existing data on the urban tree population
- Tree Policy – A description of the general and specific policies Dublin City Council has regarding trees and tree work
- Action Plan – A framework to implement the tree policy, setting out appropriate objectives and associated actions, responsibilities and target dates for completion