President Higgins initiates biodiversity survey to identify ways to protect plant and animal life around Áras an Uachtaráin

President Higgins initiates biodiversity survey to identify ways to protect plant and animal life around Áras an Uachtaráin

Published: Sat 1st Feb, 2020 | 16:31

President Michael D Higgins has asked a team of experts to develop plans to protect plants and wildlife around Áras an Uachtaráin.

In November 2019, the President asked the Office of Public Works (OPW), which owns and manages the Phoenix Park, to commission a year-long “bio-diversity” audit of the 52.6-hectare (130-acre) site around Áras an Uachtaráin. (see press release of 10 November 2019)

The team of scientists will quantify both habitat and species diversity in the grounds, which contain both formal gardens and certified organic kitchen gardens, grasslands, wooded areas and a lake. 


President Higgins has been interested in the protection of biodiversity for many years, and it was this issue that brought him to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

Speaking at the first National Biodiversity Conference in early 2019 he said that we are facing “profound challenges” in terms of threats to our natural environment and that reversing biodiversity loss will require all of us to be leaders within our own spheres of influence. 


Kitchen Gardens at Áras an Uachtaráin: 10 years of certified organic production

The kitchen garden at Áras an Uachtaráin has achieved an Organic Certification for the 10th year in a row.

The Kitchen Garden at Áras an Uachtaráin, which is managed sustainably, provides organic fruit, vegetables and flowers, all of which are used in the preparation of meals and decorations at Áras an Uachtaráin.

In addition to vegetables, the Áras also has its own orchard, growing apples, pears, plums and strawberries, which is also home to chickens and a number of beehives.

The hives house native black bees (Apis Mellifera mellifera) and are looked after by the OPW, with the assistance of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers. The honey the bees produce has won an international award for its quality and is used at State functions.


President Higgins launches next phase of Áras an Uachtaráin Biodiversity Programme

On the 31st May, 2021 President Higgins launched a new partnership between Kylemore Abbey and Áras an Uachtaráin, aimed at enhancing the sustainable management of the grounds around the home of the President. Click here to read more.


“Bee Hotels” have been installed in the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin

Click here for more info.





RTÉ’s “Mooney Goes Wild” on the project: