Author Aidan ffrench

Aidan is a past president of The Irish Landscape (2005-07), the professional body representing landscape architects and parks managers in Ireland. His tenure as President saw a distinct increase in the public profile of the Institute, in particular in its advocacy and lobbying roles. He was the first landscape architect to be interviewed on the leading national radio news programme, ‘Morning Ireland.’ In April 2007 he wrote and promoted the Institute’s ‘Manifesto for Irish Landscapes’, during the general election campaign. This culminated in the first public commitment by an Irish government to introduce a National Landscape Strategy during the lifetime of the current administration. Since then, Aidan has continued to contribute to the landscape and parks professions in Ireland, and at European level. He currently chairs the ILI’s Green Infrastructure Working Group, whose brief includes Landscape Planning and Nature-based Solutions for Climate Action/Resilience and Health/Well-Being, linked to Biodiversity and Conservation.

Aidan holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Horticulture (1989) for his major thesis on Water in the Urban Landscape; and a Diploma in Applied Project Management. He has over 35 years’ experience in academia, and in the public and private sector, including spells with Brady, Shipman, Martin and with Mitchell & Associates, Dublin City Council, and the London Borough of Ealing, England. He is currently employed by the Parks & Landscape Services at Dlr (Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council).

Aidan’s work portfolio includes experience in parks design and masterplanning, forward planning, development control, housing renewal, play provision, roads/motorway schemes, urban village renewal and inputs to Environmental Impact Statement comprising Tree Surveys, Visual Impact Analysis and supervision of ecology consultants. He was joint-project manager for Dlr’s highly-commended Green Infrastructure Strategy 2016-2022 (Irish Landscape Institute Awards 2015). In 2019, another of his projects - Otranto Seaside Gardens, Sandycove – won a Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award.

He is a keen outdoor enthusiast, hiker, photographer, traveller, singer and amateur actor; and when he’s not planning or designing landscapes, you’ll mostly find him relaxing in one, usually with a fishing rod at hand!

Urban Trees/Forestry – ‘Tree Loss’: spatial and related impacts of built developments and infrastructure

Dlr County Council Parks+Landscape Services is undetaking a comprehensive review and update of ‘dlr TREES’, A Tree Strategy for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown 2011-2015′ [www.dlrcoco.ie/sites/default/files/atoms/files/dlr_trees_a_tree_strategy_2011_-_2015_0.pdf], its corporate document on amenity trees, that was adopted by the Council in 2011. The Council was… Continue Reading →

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