Avondale, Home of tree champion, Samuel Hayes.
The Great Tree Experiment helped develop the science of forestry in Ireland and the knowledge gained is valuable to the modern day foresters who tend Avondale along with Coillte’s other forests.
Avondale was also the home of tree champion, Samuel Hayes, who wrote A Practical Treatise on Planting and Management of Woods and Coppices in 1794 and who pioneered the reforestation of Avondale Estate. Charles Stewart Parnell, Ireland’s great political leader in the latter years of the 19th century was born at Avondale House along with 9 of his 11 brothers and sisters.
This was Parnell’s childhood playground and it is easy to imagine him playing cricket with the local lads, tromping through the forest or playing tin soldiers with his sister Fanny in front of Avondale House. You can read more about the history of Avondale Forest Park here.