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Dublin's newest park Fernhill opens 7 days a week

Date 
Friday, April 5, 2019
Location 
Stepaside
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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council today officially launched the extension of the Fernhill Park & Gardens in Stepaside opening times to seven days. The launch of our newest Regional Park co-incides with National Tree Week 2019 to celebrate our rich heritage and diversity of trees, to celebrate and marvel at the work done by previous generations including the custodianship of the Darley and the Walker Families, and to plant some new trees which will outlive our human timespans, and provide sustenance, aesthetic beauty and vital Climate Change mitigation for future generations to enjoy.

We are honored and very proud to be part of this very special place. Our approach is a light touch and we are using the mantra "as little as possible, but as much as is necessary." We are conscious of the uniqueness and value of this precious resource, and we are embracing the challenge of balancing what will be high intensity of use and visits with the ethos of this very unique Park & Gardens.

New planting has taken place at several points around the park. All the plants are unusual varieties that were chosen for the Bloom 2018 Gold Medal Show Garden to reflect the special character of the park. After Bloom concluded, the plants were brought to Fernhill and planted out at selected locations.

 

Today we also formally launched our Sustainable Development Strategy which we have developed with ARUP. This strategy sets out the Councils ambitious plans for the sustainable development and management of the Fernhill in all aspects of its design, day to day management, Habitat and Biodiversity management, excellence in horticultural practice, sustainable water supplies, waste management, energy efficiency, and renewable energy supply, green transport, smart communications, and accessibility.

Speaking at the launch today An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Ossian Smyth and Chief Executive Philomena Poole both noted the unique ecological nature of the Park and the County Councils good fortune, hard work and vision in taking on Fernhill Park and Gardens and developing it as a wonderful public amenity for the people of the Stepaside area, the wider county and future generations to come.

Opening times at the Park over the 7 day week are currently limited on all days between 9am - 3pm. 

For further information on Fernhill Park and Gardens, it's unique nature and the comprehensive masterplan covering it's future development please view here

For further details please contact: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Co Communications Office 01 2047090 or email commsoffice@dlrcoco.ie            

Today we also formally launched our Sustainable Development Strategy which we have developed with ARUP. This strategy sets out the Councils ambitious plans for the sustainable development and management of the Fernhill in all aspects of its design, day to day management, Habitat and Biodiversity management, excellence in horticultural practice, sustainable water supplies, waste management, energy efficiency, and renewable energy supply, green transport, smart communications, and accessibility.

 

Speaking at the launch today An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Ossian Smyth and Chief Executive Philomena Poole both noted the unique ecological nature of the Park and the County Councils good fortune, hard work and vision in taking on Fernhill Park and Gardens and developing it as a wonderful public amenity for the people of the Stepaside area, the wider county and future generations to come.

 

Opening times at the Park over the 7 day week are currently limited on all days between 9am - 3pm.

 

For further information on Fernhill Park and Gardens, it's unique nature and the comprehensive masterplan covering it's future development please view here

 

For further details please contact: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Co Communications Office 01 2047090 or email commsoffice@dlrcoco.ie            

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