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Brendan Nolan provides a fascinating read."
Nolan's comprehensive history and guidebook of Phoenix Park is a masterpiece."Community Voice.
Park is a prime example of a seventeenth-century deer-park and was established
within its present boundaries between 1662 and 1680.
park landscape is dominated by grassland separated by clumps of trees,
which may appear to be haphazardly grown; but which were planted to complement
other aspects of the park.
Some twenty-eight per cent of the area is under trees.
Trees have also been planted over the years as screens around a number
of ponds in Phoenix Park.
Development of the wildlife area in the south-west of the park, focusing
on the Furry or Furze Glen is seen as part of passive recreational activities
have been observed and enjoyed in Phoenix Park for nearly 300 years. The
first records of the flora of the park were published during its early
period as a royal deer park even before it was opened to the public in
plants can still be found on or near the sites where they were first noted
by Caleb Threlkeld in 1726, including gipsywort (near lake shores and
in ditches); lords-and-ladies (in shady places); swine cress (on disturbed
ground); hairy bitter cress (on walls); burnet saxifrage (in grassland);
and holly (in the woods).
it is now an urban park, Phoenix Park supports a surprisingly rich flora.
In fact, during a recent survey more than 300 different flowering grasses
and ferns were recorded. That represents about a third of all the species
found in Ireland, and some forty-four per cent of those to be found in
the Dublin area. The large number is attributable to the variety of habitats,
which are suitable for different kinds of plants.
more detail read
The comprehensive book on Dublin's own national park.