Coillte's Dublin Mountains Forests; A Woodland for our Future

Closed 11 Oct 2019

Opened 8 Jul 2019

Overview

For over ten years Coillte has worked with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin City Council, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council and the Dublin Mountains Initiative (who represent outdoor recreation groups in the Dublin uplands) through the Dublin Mountains Partnership.

During this time we have seen visitor numbers climb to over 600,000 per year, making these forests some of the most visited outdoor attractions in the country. Due to their proximity to the city, nine Coillte forests account for the vast majority of visits to the Dublin Uplands (Ticknock, Kilmashogue, Ballyedmonduff, Massy’s Wood, Hell Fire, Cruagh, Tibradden, Barnaslingan and Carrickgollogan).

These forests are currently managed on Coillte’s forest planning systems as commercial forests. However, Coillte's Dublin mountain forests are unique given their exceptionally high visitor usage and their accessibility and proximity to such a large population base. Working closely with the Dublin Mountains Initiative, Coillte has now taken the decision to convert the management of these forests to the primary purpose of recreation and biodiversity.

Coillte has recently announced that we have established a new not for profit subsidiary within Coillte, known as Coillte Nature, which will focus on the environment and recreational forests.  This exciting new project to convert Coillte's Dublin Mountain forests will rest within Coillte Nature.

Sunrise over the Dublin Mountains Forests

Conversion from commercial forests in the Dublin Mountains to recreational forests will involve a varied forest management approach including clearfelling of trees and converting these areas to native woodlands, long-term retention of mature forest areas and the use of continuous cover forestry techniques where appropriate. The project is being jointly funded by Coillte and the DMP, with grants for native woodland conversion being provided by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. 

Why We Are Consulting

We want to share our plans as widely as possible and would like your views on how you use Coillte's Dublin Mountains Forests.

What Happens Next

Thanks for your interest in this consultation. Once completed, we will be reading your views and starting work on creating these new forests.