The Draft Master Plan for South Dublin County Council owned lands in Rathcoole –The Housing Development and Rathcoole Woodlands
One of the components of the South Dublin County Council (SDCC) Draft Master Plan for Rathcoole is the provision of 250 houses of mixed tenure; 100 affordable, 100 social and 50 private (Figure 1). The total area in question is 10 hectare.
The land is currently a pioneer deciduous Semi-Natural Woodland of predominantly willow and downy birch trees with 11,950 mature trees exceeding 4 m in height, and 73,190 immature trees with a height up to 4 m1 (Figure 2, Photograph 1). It is a prime example of re-wilding and of natural succession in the development of Woodland from abandoned agricultural land.
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