Powerscourt House & Gardens, Enniskerry

Site Location: Powerscourt House & Gardens Enniskerry
Quantity of trees planted: 1,900
Date planted: 8th March 2023
Site Owner: Powerscourt Estate
Sponsor: Des Walsh


“We would like to acknowledge Sarah Slazanger of Powerscourt Estate for making an area of their estate available for this Miyawaki mini forest and whose head staff Don Clarke organised the preparation and the fencing of the site”.

For the tree planters we thank Sarah Slazanger, Evelyn Cusack, Geraldine Magnier, Lisa Mulcahy, Olga Fitzpatrick, Emma Fitzpatrick, Sharon Fitzpatrick, Virginia Fortune, Vicky Donollan, Isabelle Donollan, Suzanne McGann, Clodagh Fleming, Ashley Bazin, Sarah Earley, Sophie Earley, Alexandra Earley, Elizabet Berney, Derval Fitzgerald, Emily Fitzgerald, Louise Hederman, Deirdre Ryan, Ruth Andrews, Anne Lalor, Ann Gaffney, Noreen XXXX, Sarah XXXX, Phyllis Gaffney, Iseult Honohan, John Redmond, Peter O’Shea, Fiona O’Shea, Emer Prendeville, Rosaleen Hanafin, Jim Hanafin, Mary Harrington, Fergal Harrington, Brendan Byrne, Andrew Rankin, Martin Hempenstall, Laura Finn, Catriona Taylor, Richard Mulcahy, David Mulcahy, and Alex Slazanger who used the auger to great effect to make our planting easier and Maisie the German Shepherd.

Trees planted

The following is a list of the 1,900 trees planted at this site.
Scots Pine
Birch Pendula
Malus Sylvestris
Prunus Avium
Prunus Padus
Sorbus Aria
Sorbus Acuparia
Crategeus Monogyna
Prunus Spinosa
Ilex Holly
Viburnum Opulus
Rosa Canina

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Powerscourt Estate, home to the third best gardens in the World*, had a group of women gather to mark International Women’s Day by planting a mini native Irish forest on the Estate to support the national tree planting initiative – “100 Million Trees Project”.  The planting of the mini forest on the Estate which will comprise of one thousand nine hundred native Irish trees (1.95 k) commenced on Saturday the 4th March and planting finished on International Women’s Day, Wednesday the 8th  of March.

The planting of the mini forest is part of the ongoing national 100 Million Trees project.  The project is a national community-driven initiative developed by brothers, Richard and David Mulcahy, which aims to see the planting of 100 million native Irish trees across the island of Ireland throughout the next decade to reverse the environmental damage caused by the reduction of forests worldwide.  The project’s ambitious aim will be achieved through densely planting between 1,000 and 2,500 native Irish trees at a time across small areas of land using ‘the Miyawaki method’**. Named after Japanese Botanist, Professor Akira Miyawaki, who developed the technique in the 1970s. This method of overplanting trees has been successful in creating over 1,700 forests worldwide, including ten established forests in Ireland. As part of Powerscourt Estates overall sustainability strategy a commitment has been made to plant at least two hundred (200) native Irish trees on the Estate every year over the next ten years.  A pioneering spirit has always existed for environmental and nature protection on Powerscourt Estate with the Estate originally purchased for the use of hydroelectric power at Powerscourt Waterfall – Irelands highest Waterfall. Over the last few years some of the sustainability initiatives which have been implemented on the Estate include an integrated energy management system, a waste reduction plan and biodiversity initiatives such as wildflower meadows, a tree planting programme, and a bee sanctuary at the walled gardens.  The long-term overarching mission at Powerscourt Estate is for the Estate to be recognised on a global stage for its sustainability initiatives, and to be Net Zero by 2025.

Speaking at the mini forest planting at Powerscourt Estate, Sarah Slazenger, Managing Director of Powerscourt Estate said: “We are delighted to support the 100 Million Trees Project as we see it as a great initiative which provides a practical means for communities across the country to take action on both the biodiversity and climate crises, by coming together getting their hands in the earth and planting a tree. It is also a fun way for people to do something tangible to address the challenges, with the added benefit of getting out into nature and connecting with their community. We see ourselves as custodians of Powerscourt for future generations and our aim is leave it in a better state for them. Working with nature and our sustainability strategy are vital for the future of Powerscourt.”

Speaking at the mini forest planting at Powerscourt Estate, Richard Mulcahy said: “We have to respond rapidly to the unprecedented challenges facing this planet. The 100 Million Trees project will be an empowering initiative for communities across the country – an easy-to-implement project for ordinary people who want to do something impactful and meaningful to mitigate climate change.”




Enniskerry, County Wicklow


Powerscourt Estate


8th March 2023

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