The Garden of Ireland just got bigger as Wicklow national park extended to 220sqkm

  • €800,000 purchase completed
  • Two reservoirs and 20 square kilometres added to National Park
  • Park now 220 square kilometres

The largest of Ireland’s six national parks – Wicklow Mountains National Park – is set to get even bigger as the addition of two reservoirs and 20 square kilometres to Wicklow National Park was completed.

The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs has finalised the purchase of 1,983 hectares of the Dublin Uplands, in the area known popularly as the Featherbeds, at a cost of €800,000.  The purchase will expand the total size of the national park – the only one in the east of the country – to 22,000 hectares.

Wicklow Mountains National Park

Wicklow Mountains National Park

The Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring, said:  “The Featherbeds are an important area for nature conservation and for public amenity. Their acquisition at a cost of approximately €163 per acre represents excellent value for the state, not just in terms of value for money but also in terms of the amenity potential, conservational benefits and environmental gains.

He added: “This outcome is the culmination of a constructive engagement between the Department and NAMA and addresses a long-standing strategy to align key environmental assets.”




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