As many of you know, we commissioned consultant ecologist Roger Goodwillie (pictured below) to carry out a biodiversity study of local green areas. Roger’s study included Longford Gardens (the wild part of the DART park; the banks of Stradbrook Stream; Monkstown Castle, Carrickbrennan Lawn; Carrickbrennan Cemetery; CBC Monkstown; Vesey Park; and De Vesci Gardens. This is the full report, with recommended actions, Monkstown Village Biodiversity Report Nov 2019

Sources of information about pollinators:

 “Gardening for Biodiversity”, a lovely 40-page easy-to-follow booklet from the Department of Heritage via Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council is available to download

There is also a super webinar to go with it,  courtesy of Limerick Co. Council.

More useful videos based on the book produced by Laois Co. Council can be found here.

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan has a huge range of resources. Of particular use for domestic gardens, take a look at their guidelines for gardens and seasonal plant lists

Interesting Links from Tidyness, Appearance and Waste Sub Committee:


Our message is to #StaySafe – you are urged to use your own judgement and take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your friends and your family.  Please read our Covid-19 policy. Ní neart go cur le chéile.

  • Saturday Tidy  We are now at COVID Level 5 restrictions and so we can no longer conduct our usual organised cleanups on Saturday mornings. But this does not prevent us from continuing our cleanup activities on an individual basis.  Hopefully we’ll soon be back to our normal regime but in the meantime the above arrangements will allow us to continue keeping Monkstown looking its best. And if you need to contact us about anything just send an email to and we’ll get back to you.

Storm Ciara – February 2020

Trees in Winter with Katy Duff

Biodiversity Survey with Roger Goodwillie