Investing in Our Public Parks – ILI Seminar December 2013

Irish Landscape Institute Seminar

10th December 2013 from 9.30am – 5.30pm
The Project Room, Malahide Castle, Co. Dublin

Coming up in December 2013, ILI runs an intensive, multi-disciplinary seminar on public parks. The seminar will cover new research in several key aspects of public parks design and management; taking in ecology and biodiversity, planning and green infrastructure, with reference to current research and practice, and specific case studies. The seminar takes place in the setting of Malahide Castle demesne and includes luncheon at Avoca Café, Malahide Castle.


9-9:30am : Registration + Coffee


9.30am: Urban Biodiversity and Public Parks

Maryann Harris, Past President ILI, Dublin City Council


10.45 am : Park Atlantic : Parks and Green Spaces Sustainable Management Action Plan

Declan O’Leary MILI & Richard Butler MILI, Cunnane Stratton Reynolds

Part of an EU funded INTERREG project called Park Atlantic, this study examined best practice in the management of parks and open spaces (including urban squares and spaces) in the cities of Angers and Pau (France), Santiago de Compostelo (Spain), Vila Nova de Famalicão (Portugal) and Limerick (Ireland). The study was completed in November 2012 for the Mid Western Regional Authority and provides a guide to the most current rationale, design and provision of open space and public realm within the cities themselves as well as a resource for international best practice across a range of themes, see



12.00-1.00pm : Lunch in the Avoca Café



1:00 – 2:30pm : Malahide Walled Garden Tour

With Fingal County Council Parks Management Team


2.30pm : Malahide Castle Management Plan: a case study

Kevin Halpenny MILI, Fingal Co. Council


3.45pm : The Humane Metropolis: from City Parks to Green Infrastructure

Aidan ffrench, Past President ILI, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Green Infrastructure by its nature is multi-faceted and multi-scaled. By integrating it with land use planning and urban design policies and processes, we can ensure more humane and resilient societies – vibrant, healthy, environmentally just and economically sustainable. In an Irish context, Green Infrastructure is relatively new and to date few local or regional authorities have produced G.I strategies. However, both Comhar (Sustainable Development Council) and the Dublin Regional Authority have recognised its significance and the need to mainstream it within planning at all scales. Each of the Dublin local authorities, comprising the Greater Dublin Area are committed to undertaking county-level Green Infrastructure strategies. While this is welcome, there is a sound case for collaboration in producing a Regional Green Infrastructure for the Greater Dublin Area, as has been done for several regions in the United Kingdom.


5.00pm  : Questions + Answers



Programme & Booking Form:

Return form by email to or by post to Irish Landscape Institute, PO Box 11068, Dublin 2. Registration open from October 31st 2013.

Costs:  ILI members €60  |  Non members €75  |  Student/unwaged concessions €40 |  Includes lunch and tea/coffee.


Kindly supported by:

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council
Parks and Landscape Services

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