Purchase of Fernhill Estate Confirmed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

I welcome the confirmation by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council that they have purchased Fernhill Estate for €4.25m. It is intended that Fernhill Estate will be developed as a public park.

The decision to purchase the estate was made as the Council recognised that the Fernhill Estate provides a unique opportunity to create a new regional park to meet the recreational needs of residents in the Sandyford / Stepaside area as well as the County as a whole.

Located 11km south of Dublin on the Enniskerry Road between Sandyford and Stepaside, the site contains a total of 84 acres, about 45 of which are wooded. The gardens were initially laid out in the early 19th century and were enlarged and developed by their owners over the decades.

Plans for the redevelopment will be prepared over the coming months and will be presented to County Councillors for their consideration. The plan will also consider the future use of the house and other elements of the property.