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The role of Trees in historic landscape design in Ireland

Time/Date - 14:00 - 15:30, Sat 9 Sep 2017

Talk by Terence Reeves-Smith, Historic Environment Division, DfC.

Trees, both native and foreign, played a central role in the development of Irish designed landscapes from the 17th century.  In this paper we will look at how trees were used, looking firstly at the early formal layouts with their avenues, allees and woodland blocks (1660 – 1740) followed by the woods, clumps, screens and belts of ht informal “naturalistic” parklands (1740 – 1840) and finally the subsequent Victorian developments with their emphasis on newly discovered exotic trees.

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