Trinity Have Ripped Up Their Lawns To Allow Growth Of Wildflowers

Trinity Have Ripped Up Their Lawns To Allow Growth Of Wildflowers

Trinity College have ripped up their lawns to grow wildflowers in order to improve biodiversity in Dublin City.

Over 12,000 people voted in favour of planting wildflowers on the front lawns of the campus.

Professor John Parnell, Chair of the college's Grounds and Gardens Committee, said that usually pristine lawns of the college needed replacing anyway, so it was better to replace it with something that increases biodiversity and "supports the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan".

The plan in question was brought forward by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, who document wildlife in Ireland. The plan, which started in 2015, aimed to create a framework that could be followed across the country in order to save the bees. At the time of the plans enactment, over one third of Ireland's bee population faced extinction.


A variety of flowers will be grown on the front lawns throughout the year, including Oxeye daisies, cowslips and wild carrots.

It was the first public vote that the college had to auger support for the planting of wildflowers, having done so on other lawns on the campus without public consultation.

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Sean Meehan

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