Thursday 12 December 2019

Residents invited to take part in 'greening' of Stoneybatter

Shandon Park in Dublin 7
Shandon Park in Dublin 7

Stoneybatter residents are being asked to get involved with plans for "greening" the area as part of a Dublin City Council (DCC) initiative to move towards a more liveable city.

The parks and landscape service has urged locals to join it in a joint design process to develop ideas for their street and area.

"The plan for the greening of Stoneybatter will look at all aspects of improving the green environment, including planting trees, cultivating small pocket parks, providing spaces for growing food and promoting native wildlife habitats," said DCC landscape architect Suzanne O'Connell.

"We are looking forward to working with the community. By working collaboratively, there is more chance to ensure the long-term legacy of greening projects."


DCC will plant more trees
DCC will plant more trees

The council said the benefits were enormous.

It would support these areas to become more resilient, healthy and attractive; by reducing flooding, improving air quality, providing a home for wildlife, creating recreational and amenity spaces that encourage active living, community activities and positive civic life.

A series of design workshops and field studies will take place this month and November, with the launch on October 21.

The study follows two earlier greening plans - The Liberties, conducted in 2014, and more recently the North East Inner City (NEIC) in 2019.

These followed a study that looked at population density and access to parks and green routes.

The council said there are around 15,000 people living in Stoneybatter and its environs.

Located between two strategic development zones, Grangegorman and O'Devaney Gardens, the demand on this neighbourhood centre is set to grow.

To register interest, email: greeningstoneybatter@dublincity.ie.

According to Mercer's most recent Quality Of Living survey, Dublin is the top ranking city across the UK and Ireland to live.

However the capital's population is set to double by 2031.

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