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Urban Forestry –
A ‘Minority Sport’ in Ireland?

21 Feb 2024

By Wed 14 Feb 2024April 18th, 2024Events

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Event Details


Green Foundation Ireland invites you to participate in an evening online talk:

A ‘Minority Sport’ in Ireland?

WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2024 – 19:00 to 20:00 (Irish time)

by Zoom
(log-on details will be issued nearer the time to those who register)

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As always at our events,
an important part will be the
Q&A session which will allow full
participation by those attending.


While admission is FREE to this event, registration is REQUIRED.

Please secure your place by booking here.

Event Programme


A past president of the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI), AIDAN ffRENCH led a distinct rise in the profession’s growth and national profile between 2005-2009, being the first landscape architect on Ireland’s leading current affairs radio show, Morning Ireland (RTÉ Radio 1). In 2007 he wrote the ILI’s ‘Manifesto for Irish Landscapes’, which called on the state to make serious commitments to landscape and parks policy, legislation and the profession. The lobbying efforts of the ILI and its allies ultimately led to the first legal definition of ‘landscape’ in Irish law (2010).

With 35 years in both the public and private sectors, Aidan retired from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (Parks & Landscape Services) in March 2022, after 28 years working on a diverse portfolio that concluded as project manager and lead author of the Council’s new Urban Forestry Strategy (2022-2031).

Aidan remains active in advocating for Landscape Architecture and quality Urban Placemaking in Ireland, with a strong focus on Nature-based Solutions. He is an active volunteer member of several environmental NGOs, having spoken at Irish and international conferences, and written articles for several journals, including CRANN and Village magazines.

An outdoor enthusiast (hiking, sea-swimmer), photographer, singer and amateur actor, when not designing places, you’ll find Aidan relaxing in one, usually by/in the sea!

You can find out more about Aidan here on Linked In and here on Instagram.

Photo by: AIDAN ffRENCH


Our talk will include a discussion about the following:

  • Ethics (Co-Habitation), Co-Design.
  • Active Citizenship and NGOs.
  • Health/Wellbeing, Climate, Biodiversity.
  • Gaps: Policy, Law, Resources.