Mini woodlands tree planting

by Rachel Cunningham
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Over 16,000 native mini woodland trees and ground cover plants will be installed as part of the mini woodland projects across South Dublin County in Tymon Park, Dodder Valley Park and Corkagh Park.

South Dublin County Council will be planting the mini woodlands, in conjunction with The Stepping Stone Forest Group, Dodder Action Group, Cairde Pháirce Thigh Motháin and Clondalkin Tidy Towns.

Mini woodlands are a small rapid-growing plantations of entirely native species in an urban setting, based on the high-density planting method developed by international award-winning botanist Prof.Akira Miyawaki, who started planting mini woodlands in the 1970s.  

The first mini woodland trial was planted in November 2021 in Sean Walsh Park in Tallaght by members of the local litter-picking group Tallaght Litter Mugs, where 900 native trees were planted.

Since then there have been 20,000 mini woodland trees planted across the County in 36 locations, with 1,500 volunteers being involved. 

The volunteers that have been involved to date range from schools, corporate companies, colleges, sports clubs, elected members, government TDs, local volunteer groups, residents, park users and community environmental groups.

Mini Woodland ay Tymon Park – Photo Ben Ryan

Mini woodlands offer a range of benefits: they provide shelter and food for wildlife, including nesting birds, pollinators, and other insects. Additionally, theses woodlands connect wildlife corridors, facilitating safe passage for various flora and fauna vegetation.

Furthermore, the woodlands play a crucial role in mitigating biodiversity loss by creating diverse habitats that support genetic diversity and aid in the movement of species. They also contribute to climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration and help mitigate flooding and soil erosion through water retention, absorption, and root growth.

Over three successive weekends in March 2024 16,000 mini woodland trees will be planted as follows:

  • 1st & 2nd March 2024 4,000 mini woodland trees will be planted in Dodder Valley Park by community volunteers led by Dodder Action group. Location
  • 8th & 9th of March 4,000 mini woodland trees will be planted in Corkagh Park by community volunteers led by Clondalkin Tidy Towns. Location:
  • 15th & 16th of March 8,000 mini woodland trees in Tymon Park by community volunteers led by Cairde Pháirc Thigh Motháin – Friends of Tymon Park, this will be the largest mini woodland planted to date on one site. Location:

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