10 Things to do in Waterford in 2024 (According to Locals)

Waterford is an amazing city and county.

There are so many things to see and do.. it’s literally impossible to fit in a day or a week.

However, whatever the timeline – here’s some of the best things to do our in our county.

These are the best thing to do in Waterford (according to locals)

Best things to do in Waterford

  1. Passage East
  2. Waterford Greenway Experience
  3. Mount Congreve House and Gardens
  4. Far East Waterford Walks
  5. The Copper Coast
  6. Fenor Bog
  7. Ardmore Cliff Walk
  8. National Horological museum
  9. Anne Valley Walk
  10. Catch a Game

1. Passage East

Passage East is a quaint fishing village. Lying in the far east of the country and just across the river from Ballyhack in Co.Wexford, it has many hidden attractions. From the beautiful flowers and nature of the village (it is well kept by the council) to the wild goats in the area, Passage has many attractions.

The hurt hill walk for example in Passage is one of those prime examples (more below).

The ferry itself from Passage to Ballyhack has some great views of both Munster and Leinster.

Also in Passage East is Parkswood Tree Centre.

If you are visiting during Christmas time, come visit our Waterford Christmas market. We also have some of the best Christmas trees in Waterford and the south east with our noble Fir Christmas trees & Christmas wreaths.

For the rest of the year, we have a wide variety of trees & plants in our tree centre. As a premium tree & garden centre in Waterford, we’re more than happy to help you in choosing the best gift.

Whether or not you’re looking to buy something today or not, the tree centre is an escape out of the city and a great base to discover more of Passage East and Waterford.


2. Waterford Greenway Experience

Waterford greenway cycle

The Waterford Greenway is a haven for regular greenway cyclists, standing out as one of the most impressive cycleways. Its surroundings are captivating, with beauty on either side and stunning views ahead. Some sections are particularly memorable, especially for those cycling it for the first time. Such is the allure of the Greenway that it feels almost addictive, compelling one to return and cycle it over and over.

Historically, the Waterford Greenway was an old railway line that ran from Mallow to Waterford. It ceased operations for passengers in 1967 and for goods in 1982.

Today, it spans 46km from Dungarvan to Waterford. In recent times, it has expanded into the heart of Waterford city, the oldest in Ireland, with a purpose-built cycle lane. Opened in 2017, the Greenway features 3 viaducts, 11 bridges, and a tunnel. Going forward, it will also connect up with the New Ross Greenway on the other in Wexford and Kilkenny.

Along the Greenway, there are picturesque settings and historical sites. One can stop at Mount Congreve Gardens, a stately home now entrusted to the state, and enjoy the serene view of the River Suir. Nearby, the Kilmacthomas workhouse is accessible, and cycling over its viaduct offers a view of the operational Flahavans Mill.

As one continues towards Dungarvan, nature envelops the path, leading to the sight of the Comeragh mountains in the distance. A particularly unforgettable sight is the snow-capped mountains on a sunny day, paired with the cold fresh air and a gentle breeze.

Tunnel Jungle Waterford Greenway

Another highlight is the Ballyvoyle tunnel, a 400-meter bricked structure with alcove lighting. Exiting the tunnel feels like entering a lush Amazonian landscape. For those not keen on covering the full 46km, there are shorter routes available, with stops like the railway cottage for a coffee break. The journey concludes at the coastal town of Dungarvan, with its beautiful causeway bridge, especially stunning during high tide.


Located near the village of Kilmeaden in Co Waterford, Mount Congreve House and Gardens offers a panoramic view of the River Suir. Designed in the 18th century by Waterford-born architect John Roberts, the last resident was Ambrose Cosgreve. He bequeathed the house and its magnificent gardens to the state upon his passing in 2011 at the age of 104. Both Ambrose and his wife Marjorie are buried within the estate grounds. Visitors can also enjoy The Stables Cafe on the premises.

The gardens, originally terraced, are divided into various sections including:

  • the Woodland Garden,
  • Bell Gate Lawn,
  • Herman Dool Magnolia Walk,
  • Walled Garden,
  • Bluebell Walk,
  • and West Lawn.

Each section is signposted for ease of navigation. Throughout the year, the gardens burst with vibrant colors, changing every few weeks.

A visit to Mount Congreve is a calming experience, with nature’s hues bringing smiles to many faces. As the artist Rembrandt once said, “Choose only one master — Nature.”


4. Far East Waterford Walks

Waterfords attractions include some stunning and breath taking coastal and estuary walks. Immersing oneself and ones companions in these beautiful and scenic nature trails offers benefits of a feeling of well being,  relaxation and re – energisation. Coastal walks include the Dunmore east Cliff walk, which trails along the stunning coast from Dunmore east to Portally Cove.

The Estuary walks offers a network of walks around the scenic communities of Faithlegg, Cheekpoint, and Passage East. These scenic nature trails are laden with a rich history and heritage.The walks vary in length from 2km – 9km, including the ‘Hurt Hill’ Walk, the’ Minaun’Walk and Faithlegg and Cheekpoint Walks.

The Hurt hill is a popular walk  for many . It follows along the estuary from Passage East to Cheekpoint, interwoven with woodland and wild brambles, offering a delightful experience akin to the Japanese Concept of Forest bathing.

East Waterford Walks Waterford Walks

5. The Copper Coast

the copper coast

Stretching 25km from Stradbally to Fenor, the copper coast is one of the most striking landscapes in all of Waterford (and arguably Ireland). Driving along this coastline, you will see the stunning Comeragh mountains and the celtic sea.

Named for the 19th-century copper mines that dotted the region, the copper coast is a designated UNESCO Global Geopark.

It offers both tourists and geologists insights into our geological history. The dramatic sea cliffs, hidden coves, and old mine sites tell a story of both natural evolution and human endeavour.

Some of the quaint and beautiful villages along the way include

  • Stradbally
  • Bunmahon
  • Kill
  • Boatstrand
  • Annestown
  • Fenor.

To get the full history of the copper coast, visit the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre.

6. Fenor Bog

Fenor Bog, located in southeast of the county, is a unique acidic fen peat area formed among Ordovician age rocks. The fen, shaped during the Holocene (post-glacial) Period, is surrounded by crags molded by glacial ice from the Quaternary (Ice Age).

This marshy mire, where acidic groundwater collects, has peat formed from decaying plant remains over millennia. Spanning just over a kilometer in length and 200m in width, it hosts unique flora, including the rare St. John’s Wort.

Recognized for its geological significance, Fenor Bog is a national Nature Reserve and holds a County Geological Site status.

If you are looking for a nice walk in the ‘bog’.. this is well worth a visit.

7. Ardmore Cliff Walk

The village of Ardmore on the west of the country is worth a visit anytime of year (although summer is usually best)

This historic location, where St Declan established a monastery in the 5th century, still boasts remnants of its rich past, such as the Round Tower and Cathedral. You can dive the history of the place in the ancient church and monastic structures through a self-guided journey.

Then, elevate your adventure by taking on the Ardmore Cliff Walk. Not only will you be treated to breathtaking views, but it also offers some of Ireland’s prime spots for birdwatching enthusiasts. It’s a blend of history and nature that makes Ardmore a compelling destination.

If you are looking for a breathtaking view (and some luxury to boost) check out the Cliff House Hotel. There is also great food in the White Horses restaurant.

8. Irish Museum of Time

national horological museum waterford

If you’re interested in time; this is for you. Featuring clocks that are hundreds of years old, this is a quaint experience in the heart of the city.

It boasts an exquisite collection of some of the world’s oldest Irish longcase clocks, table clocks, and watches, including pieces from nations like America, Germany, Russia, Japan, and Australia.

The museum unravels a captivating narrative of 5,000 years of timekeeping history.  This renovated gothic-style church houses a remarkable array of Irish timepieces, showcasing the unparalleled craftsmanship of virtuoso artisans from the seventeenth century onwards.

Well worth the visit… especially if the rain is present in the sunny south east!

9. Anne Valley Walk

Anne Valley Walk

If you’re near Dunhill or Annestown, this is well worth the walk. Weaving through woodland and wildlife, this a serene and peaceful experience.

The Anne Valley Walk stands as a remarkable testament to the collaboration between local landowners and the community, creating a beautiful public space. This path is fully accessible, catering to individuals with limited mobility, including those using buggies and wheelchairs.

It meanders through the picturesque wetlands and woodlands of the Anne Valley, forming a link between Dunhill and the coastal village of Annestown.

Along the way, visitors are treated to educational displays about the local plant and animal life, as well as picnic and seating areas for a leisurely break amidst nature.

A highlight of the walk is the breathtaking view of Dunhill Castle, visible as you reach the midpoint between Dunhill and Annestown. Do note, it can get a little chilly as the sun sets behind the many trees in the area. So we recommend getting there during good daylight hours!

10. Catch a game


Waterford is a sports mad county. Whether you like hurling, football or soccer, there’s likely a game on in the city or county.

On Friday nights, you might find the Blues (Waterford FC) playing a home league of Ireland game in the RSC. The regional sports centre (RSC) has been home to Waterford’s main soccer team since 1993. To find out when the next home game is, check out Waterford FC’s fixture list.

Another famous ground in the city of course is Walsh Park for GAA. If you’re here in Spring and summer, you might be lucky to get a home ticket to watch the Waterford hurlers in the league or Munster Championship.

Of course, Walsh Park is also home to many games in both hurling and football at club level. For a full list of GAA games in happening Waterford, see the fixures at Waterford GAA.

If you are in the west of the county, Fraher Field is another great venue with many of the Waterford Gaelic Footballers home games taking place there also.

(Side note: Many visitors to Ireland may want to see the big game in Croke Park in Dublin, but seeing local club games gets you closer to locals and community in Ireland possibly more than anything else. So whether the game is in Lismore or Tramore, grass-roots games are a an authentic experience in Waterford).

So ready for your adventure in Waterford?

Waterford is a great city and county. If you are in Passage East area, call into us and check out our premium range of trees and shrubs.

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9 Best Coastal Trees in Ireland 🌬️🌳 (Resist Savage wind)

Growing trees (or any plant) is tough in Ireland’s coastal areas.

Is there a more deflating feeling seeing a beautiful tree wither and die in an Irish coastal winter?

The combination of salty air and battering winds presents challenges. However there are several species that thrive in these conditions. Let’s cover what can survive, thrive and crucially give shelter to other plants so they can make it too.

Let’s dive in!

9 Best Trees for Coastal Areas in Ireland

  1. Hawthorn
  2. Scots Pine
  3. Olearii
  4. Sycamore
  5. Mountain Ash
  6. Oak
  7. Hazel
  8. Elder
  9. Rowan

These trees have been selected based on their ability to withstand salty air, weather patterns, and their overall suitability to the coastal environment.

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The Hawthorn tree, also known as the “whitethorn” or “faire thorn,” is a coastal favorite. It is well-adapted to Ireland’s coastal climate and can tolerate salty air, strong winds, and poor soil conditions. The Hawthorn also provides beautiful white flowers in spring and berries that attract various bird species.

Hawthorn Tree Ireland

Scots Pine

The Scots Pine is a resilient tree that can withstand the harsh coastal conditions in Ireland. It has long needles that help it retain water and withstand salty air. The Scots Pine is known for its attractive appearance and ability to thrive in various soil types. It also gives gives great shelter for other less sturdier trees. Plus it’s one of a few great trees for privacy from neighbours.

Scots Pine


The olearii is an amazing for resisting the elements. 1 It can act as a great hedge or if left go, it can also reach impressive heights as tree. As an evergreen plant, it can also give great protection to other plants where shelter is an issue.

Olearii hedge


The Sycamore tree is known for its adaptability and ability to tolerate a range of conditions, including coastal areas. It has large, vibrant leaves and produces winged seeds. The Sycamore can grow in various soil types and is a reliable choice for coastal landscapes.

Mountain Ash

The Ash tree is known for its durability and ability to withstand coastal conditions. It has a dense crown and can tolerate strong winds. The Ash tree also provides valuable timber and is an important component of Ireland’s coastal ecosystems.

Sorbus mountain ash


The Oak tree is a symbol of strength and longevity. It is well-suited to coastal areas, thanks to its robust nature and ability to tolerate a range of soil conditions. The Oak tree provides excellent shade and is a habitat for numerous wildlife species.

evergreen oak tree


The Hazel tree is a versatile species that can thrive in coastal areas. It produces edible nuts and has beautiful catkins in early spring. The Hazel is considered a pioneer species and can help stabilize coastal soil with its strong root system.


The Elder tree is robust and well-suited to Irish coastal areas. It has delicate flowers that attract pollinators and produces berries that are popular with birds. The Elder tree can tolerate a range of soil types and is an excellent option for coastal gardens.


The Rowan tree, also known as the Mountain Ash, is a tough tree that can handle the coastal climate in Ireland. It has beautiful clusters of red berries that provide food for wildlife. The Rowan tree is adaptable to a variety of soil conditions, making it suitable for coastal landscapes.

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Understanding Ireland’s Coastal Climate

Ireland’s coastal climate is characterized by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The coastal regions tend to experience milder temperatures compared to inland areas, thanks to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. This unique climate creates a haven for diverse flora and fauna, making the coastal areas of Ireland a paradise for nature enthusiasts.

As you explore the coastal regions, you will notice the distinct scent of salty air. This salty air, while refreshing to some, can have a significant impact on tree growth. Salt can dehydrate plants, hinder nutrient uptake, and cause leaf burn. However, nature has a way of adapting, and some trees have developed unique mechanisms to tolerate or even thrive in these salty conditions.

Waterford Greenway

The Impact of Salty Air on Tree Growth

Coastal trees face the constant challenge of combating the effects of salty air. The salt particles carried by the ocean breeze settle on the leaves and can cause damage over time.

However, certain tree species, such as the Scots pine and the coastal oak, have evolved to cope with these conditions. Their waxy leaves and specialized root systems allow them to minimize water loss and efficiently absorb nutrients, ensuring their survival in the face of salty adversity.

These resilient trees not only provide shelter for a variety of bird species but also contribute to the stability of the coastal ecosystem.

Where are the best places in Ireland to buy coastal trees?

There are a number of great locations throughout the country. Tree centres tend to have a decent selection of the above.

Here at Parkswood tree centre, we have a selection of the best trees (if you are based in the south east and looking for a tree and garden centre in Waterford, we are within close proximity to you). However delivery can also potentially be arranged.


Factors to consider when choosing a tree for the coast

Before selecting a tree for coastal areas in Ireland, there are several factors to consider. (Here consulting with an expert before you plant anything is a good way to prevent issue)  Some important considerations include:

  • salt tolerance
  • wind resistance
  • growth rate, size,
  • overall suitability to the coastal environment.


Key Takeaways on growing trees on Ireland’s coast

In conclusion, growing trees on the coast in Ireland requires careful consideration of the unique environmental conditions. The 9 trees discussed in this article have proven their ability to thrive and contribute to the beauty and resilience of Irish coastal areas.

If you would like help and guidance on your choosing your coastal trees, please get in touch with us to find the most suitable ones.

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7 Fastest Growing Trees in Ireland 🌲🚀💨

Looking for trees to grow quickly?

In this blog post, we aim to give you exactly that.

Whether you’re looking for trees to give you privacy from neighbours or are just starting off on a building project; these trees will shoot up.


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7 Fastest Growing Trees in Ireland

Alnus glutinosa, the common alder


Alnus glutinosa, or the common alder tree is a native decidious tree to Ireland, that is fast growing and suitable to a wide range of soil types, including heavy wet conditions.It will grow in both industrial and coastal areas. The wood of the alder is pale red brown ,with a fine texture turning red orange when cut. This tree has a dark oval shaped green leaf, with clusters of catkins hanging from its finer branches in autumn.

The alder is a very fast growing tree reaching up to 20 metres in 15 years. It can be grown in a line to give a screening effect, or as an individual specimen. It can also be grown in a grouping with other trees to create a woodland , or grove effect.

The alder is very much associated with Irish folklore and place names, with Ferns in county Wexford being called after the alder tree.

Alder has nitrogen fixing nodules on its roots which lead to improved soil fertility.


Acer pseudoplatanus, the sycammore

Sycamore maple

This is a fast growing tree that will establish in the ground quickly. It can be planted having been grown in a pot, or barerooted. The sycammore is a very adaptable decidious tree and will grow in most soil types be it fertile soil or damp heavy ground. This tree can reach a height of 10 metres in fifteen years with a crown spread of 2 to 3 metres.

The sycammore makes an excellent wind break and is a prominent sight growing in exposed parts of Ireland either as a single tree or part of a grove of sycammores.
When planting dig a hole a little bigger than the rootball to allow the roots of the tree to grow.
Once the tree is planted backfill with good top soil and firm the root into the hole. A stake is then driven next to the tree, being careful not to damage the roots, and a rubber tie is secured to the tree and stake.

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Acer camprestre, the field maple


The field maple tree is another fast growing tree that will thrive in all but very wet ground. Its mostnotable feature is a very coarse bark with corkey fissures. The field maple can be grown as anindividual specimen tree, or planted in a group scheme with other species.

It has a small maple leaf with curved lobes, and excellent all year colour. In spring time the leaves are a soft green turning golden yellow in autumn.

This variety of maple can be pruned severely, and so is often used as a hedging species. It can be used as a single species or incorporated in to a mixed native hedge. The other species of native hedging plants which can be used with field maple are hawthorn, holly , beech, and hazel.


Prunus avium, the wild cherry

wild cherry tree

The wild cherry is a very attractive native tree that will reach a height of 15 to 20 metres in asmany years.

The prunus avium grows best in well drained and slightly acidic soils. The tree will tolerate most locations, but avoid planting in an exposed coastal site, as the salt air may damage the leaves.
One of the attractions of this tree is its rich red brown bark, and bright white flowers which appear in spring. From these flowers, small red berries follow in autumn, which provide a food source for birds. The green leaves turn golden yellow, in autumn, giving a stunning display.


Prunus padus, the bird cherry


This is a small native cherry tree. It wil grow in any soil type , except a waterlogged location. The tree will produce oval shaped lime green leaves in spring with bunches of white flowers in spring.
The berries although bitter, are a food source for wild birds.

Prunus padus is a medium sized tree growing to a maxium height of approx. 5 to 8 metres in 15 years. If you decide to plant a native hedge this plant can be incorporated into it as it can take severe pruning.


Malus sylvestrus, crab apple tree

Malus sylvestrus is our native crab apple tree. This tree grows in abundance through out Ireland.
A crab apple tree in full bloom in spring is a wonderful sight , and a source of food for insects, as they are rich in nectar. There are many localised species of crab trees particular to certain areas.
Crab trees can be found in hedgerows, farm settings, villages and towns.

Apple tree flower
From the blossom small apples appear on the trees by mid summer , and can be picked in autumn time to make crab apple jelly.
Crab apple trees can be planted from small bare root stock, from any good nursery. They establish quickly, and are not particular about site or ground conditions, but do not like water logged ground.

As the tree grows it develops a rounded grown , rather than a straight upright shape.
The crab apples are usually ready to be picked from the tree through out the month of September.

They can often be seen as wind falls spread beneath the tree during this time of year.
Like many other native trees, crab apples can be planted with and incorporated in to a native hedge and cut to the required size. The crab plants could also be allowed to grow in to mature trees with in the hedge.


Laurus nobilis, bay laurel

Laurel bay tree

Laurus nobilis, the bay laurel is one of the most useful and versatile plants you can grow. It is ever green retaining its leaves all year round giving clusters of dark green aromatic and dense foliage.
Its history: Laurus nobilis was a plant which was part of the vast forest basin which covered much of the mediterrean basis in ancient times.

Its uses: laurus nobilis has a wide range of uses. It can be planted as a specimen shrub or tree in your garden, and clipped or pruned to a desired shape. It can also make an excellent hedge with a deep green colour all year colour. Because its so versatile you can leave it as a loose evergreen screen or prune it to a particular shape.

As a potted tree or shrub: The bay tree is probably one of the most popular trees to grow in a container. It can be grown into a multiple of different shapes, the most favoured being the looly pop shape, thats a single stem with a clipped ball shape on top.

How to grow a containerised bay tree

Firstly choose a healthy plant from your nursery or tree
centre. Choose a large container ( possibly a 40 litre earthenware container ), big enough to allow your bay tree to grow. To allow for drainage put some stones in the base of the container, broken slates placed flat in the base of the container , with stones in between are very good to allow excess water to flow out the hole in the bottom of the pot.

Now fill the container with a compost mix. The mix should contain two thirds moss peat, with the remainder consisting of good top soil and horticultural sand. This mix should prevent the tree from drying out during warm weather. Next, make a hole into the centre of the compost and plant in the bay tree, then back fill the compost.

Container grown trees and shrubs can dry out very quickly, as sunlight on the container, even during the winter months can dry the tree out. Rain water alone is usually not sufficient , so you need to water the tree on a regular basis. Position your container bay tree in full or partial sun , avoid a windy spot to prevent it being blown over.

How to choose the fastest growing tree for you

Hopefully , you now have a good sense of your options for trees that grow quickly in Ireland.

Tree Max Height Growth Rate Maintenance Special Features
Common Alder (Alnus glutinosa) Up to 20 metres Very Fast Low Suitable for a wide range of soil types, nitrogen fixing nodules on roots improve soil fertility
Sycamore (Acer pseudoplat) 10 metres in 15 years Fast Low to Moderate Adaptable, excellent wind break
Field Maple (Acer campestre) Varies Fast Low Coarse bark with corky fissures, excellent all year colour
Wild Cherry (Prunus avium) 15 to 20 metres Moderate to Fast Moderate Rich red brown bark, bright white flowers, provides food source for birds
Bird Cherry (Prunus padus) 5 to 8 metres Moderate Low Small native cherry, white flowers in spring, berries for wild birds
Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris) Varies Moderate Low Blossom in spring, source of food for insects, crab apples for jelly
Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) Varies Moderate Low to Moderate Evergreen, aromatic and dense foliage, can be grown in a container

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7 Best Trees for Privacy from Neighbours 🌲🕵️ (In Ireland)

Want trees for privacy? It’s a common concern.

Privacy from nosy neighbours can be a significant concern for many. Especially if you’re living in a more densely populated area. Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary, a haven of peace and relaxation.

An effective, beautiful, and natural solution to this common problem can be the intelligent use of trees for privacy.

In this article we’ll go through the best trees to give you a greater sense of privacy.

7 Best Trees for privacy from neighbours

  1. Evergreen oak
  2. Beech Trees
  3. Holly Trees
  4. Scots Pine
  5. Olearii
  6. Laurel
  7. Eucalyptus

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1. Evergreen Oak tree

evergreen oak tree

One of the best trees for this purpose is Quercus ilex or the evergreen or holm oak. Here are somer reasons for this choice.

1. The evergreen oak tree which can be pruned and shaped without losing its character.

2. Its evergreen and so will hold its leaves during the winter season to provide all year round cover.

3. It will grow in all locations coastal, rural, or industrial.

4. They can be planted with in 1 metre of an existing wall.

2. Beech (fagus sylvatica)

beech tree for privacy

Green Beech for privacy

The Beech tree, although deciduous, can provide excellent screening. Here’s why:

1. Will give a variety of colour during growing season from lime to deep green to russet brown
leaves in the winter time.

2. It can be shaped well by pruning.

One disadvantage is beech will not grow well in wet soil..

3 Holly

Holly tree without berries Ireland

The Holly trees are a large group of evergreen trees and shrubs, which provide some of the most attractive specimen shrubs and hedging plants to be found. And they make for a great small garden tree for privacy. Here’s why:

1 They are evergreen which gives privacy and colour all year round.

2 Their colour tends to blend in well leading to a very natural look and feel.

3 The famous red berries are a beautiful striking characteristic of this type of tree. This of course also provides berries for wild birds and shelter for animals.

4 Hollies can be grown in most soil as they are very adaptable, and are indifferent to sun or shade.

4 Scots Pine

Scots pine in pots

The Scots Pine ((Pinus Sylvestrus) is a popular option for screening and privacy. As one of the stand out types of pine tree in Ireland, it ideal for giving great camouflage.

1 With its large tall stem and attractive reddish young bark, it is considered a native tree.

2 It may be grown in any type of soil. However, it will not reach its maximum height of 50 to 70 meters in damp acid soil or shallow dry chalk ones.

3 It is generally a fast growing tree.

4 It can generally grow well on the coast and is a sturdy tree for the irish climate.

5 Olearii


The Olearii is another excellent choice for giving you privacy from neighbours. Here’s why:

1 It can act as a great hedge or if left go, it can also reach impressive heights.

2 It’s possibly one of the best hedges to grow if you are on the irish coast. It is well able to stand against the weather and can make for great shelter for less ‘hardy’ trees and plants.

3 It is evergreen giving you all year round privacy. Also due to it’s colour it gives great camouflage and naturally blends into a country setting.

4 It is a fast-growing hedge.

6. Laurel

Laurel tree

The Laurel tree is another great choice for those seeking privacy from neighbours due to its dense and evergreen foliage. This tree is known for its glossy, dark green leaves that remain vibrant throughout the year, making it an excellent choice for a privacy screen.

  1. Fast Growth: Laurel trees are known for their rapid growth rate, capable of adding up to 60cm in height per year under optimal conditions. This makes them an excellent choice for quickly establishing a natural privacy barrier.
  2. Adaptable to Irish Climates: Laurels thrive in an Irish climate. They prefer well-drained soil and can tolerate full sun to partial shade, making them a versatile choice for various garden conditions.
  3. Dense Foliage: The Laurel tree’s large, glossy, evergreen leaves form a thick, impenetrable hedge when planted closely together. This dense growth makes it difficult for prying eyes to see through, providing excellent privacy.
  4. Aesthetic and Seasonal Interest: In addition to providing privacy, Laurel trees also enhance the beauty of your garden. They produce clusters of small, fragrant flowers in the spring and small black berries in the autumn, adding visual and seasonal interest to your property.

In sum, the Laurel tree’s fast growth, adaptability to Irish climates, and dense foliage make it an excellent choice for those seeking a natural, attractive, and effective privacy barrier.

7. Eucalyptus

The eucalyptus tree is another great option for all year round privacy

The Eucalyptus or gum trees are a family of fast growing, evergreen Australian trees. Many are used for screening and can give a subtropical effect with their lush rich foliage.

The shapes of the leaves on the Eucalyptus, can vary greatly, with young trees often having rubbery disc shaped leaves changing to long slender ones on older plants.

  • Rapid Growth: Eucalyptus trees are known for their fast growth rate, which can reach up to 6 feet per year under optimal conditions. This allows for a quick establishment of a privacy screen from any nosy neigbours!
  • Tall Height: Many species of Eucalyptus trees can grow to significant heights, often over 60 feet. This makes them an excellent choice for blocking views from taller buildings.
  • Dense Foliage: Eucalyptus trees have a dense canopy of leaves, which can provide a thick screen, making it difficult for neighbours to see through.
  • Evergreen Nature: As evergreen trees, Eucalyptus retain their leaves all year round, ensuring consistent privacy regardless of the season.


Which is the best tree free for privacy from neighbours?

Best Trees for Privacy in Ireland Compared 🌲

Tree Max Height Growth Rate Maintenance Special Features
Evergreen Oak 60 feet Slow to Moderate Low Retains leaves year-round, wind-resistant
Beech Up to 120 feet Slow Moderate Beautiful fall foliage, retains leaves in winter
Holly 15-50 feet Slow to Moderate Low Evergreen, attractive berries, prickly leaves deter intruders
Scots Pine Up to 115 feet Fast Low Tolerant of poor soils, distinctive orange-red bark
Olearii Up to 35 feet Fast Low Tolerant of wind and sea spray, small white flowers
Laurel Up to 20 feet Fast Moderate Evergreen, dense foliage provides excellent privacy, fragrant flowers and berries add seasonal interest
Eucalyptus Over 60 feet Fast Moderate Evergreen, dense foliage provides year-round privacy, fast growth rate for quick screening


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FAQ on trees for privacy

Which tree is best for boundary wall?

This really depends on the size and height of the wall. If it’s a tall wall, scots pine or evergreen oak can work well. If it’s somewhat smaller, a holly tree or bush can be a great addition. If you need specific advice on your setup, get in touch with us.

Which trees grow fastest for privacy?

The Olearii and the scots pine are 2 of the best fast growing trees for privacy and screening.

Can trees block sound?

Absolutely. Trees can act as a sound barrier and reduce the decibel levels greatly. Trees can provide privacy for the eye and the ear.

Final Words on Trees for privacy and screening

There are many great options out there when it comes to trees and privacy. However depending on your garden and location, the best option for you may differ from the next person.

At Parkwood tree centre, we are here to guide you on the best trees for your space. Contact Ciaran to to choose the best trees for privacy in your location.

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How to Keep your Christmas Tree Fresh & Healthy in 5 steps 🎄

Christmas trees Waterford

If you are buying a Real Christmas Tree this year, then please bare in mind the following, so your Christmas Tree will still look amazing even in the New Year!

Tips For Your Christmas Tree

How to keep your Christmas Tree Healthy and Fresh  🎄

  1. Tree’s Absorb Water
  2. Keep it Topped up
  3. Sand goes best in a bucket stand
  4. Keep it topped up and add water as necessary
  5. Balance is everything


Tip 1: Tree’s Absorb Water

If the tree stand you are using, is one which has a saucer shape, then once you have secured the tree in the stand, and stood it upright, you can fill the container with water

Tip 2: Keep it Topped up

Check it every few days and keep the water topped up to maintain the Fresh look!

Tip 3: Sand goes best in a Bucket Stand

If you are using a bucket as your stand, then fill the bucket with sand. We recommend builder’s sand!

Tip 4: Again keep it topped up and add Water when necessary

This step takes a little monitoring. But a dash of water now and again, can really help the tree maintain that fresh look for weeks.

Tip 5: Balance is Everything

If you are using a bucket as a stand, try using some stones to balance it out (Fill sand around the stone). The bigger trees are a bit tricky, so you may have to play around with this.

Christmas tree waterford

If you need a Tree for your home this year, we have a number of beautiful Noble Fir Trees available at the Parkswood Tree Centre. We hope you enjoy your tree and may you have a healthy and happy Christmas!


Common questions we get about Christmas tree maintenance 🎄


What type of water should I use to keep my Christmas tree fresh? (Can I use tap water or does it need to be distilled or purified?)

You can use regular tap water to keep your Christmas tree fresh. There’s no need for the water to be distilled or purified. The important thing is to keep the base of the tree trunk submerged in water to prevent it from drying out.


How often should I check the water level in the tree stand? Is there a risk of overwatering the tree?

Ideally, you should check the water level in the tree stand daily (but every few days will likely be fine). Christmas trees can absorb a surprising amount of water, especially during the first few days. There’s no risk of overwatering the tree, but you should make sure the water level doesn’t fall below the base of the tree, as this can cause the cut end to seal up, preventing the tree from absorbing more water.


Is there a specific type of sand that works best for maintaining the freshness of the tree in a bucket stand?

Builder’s sand can work particularly well, which is coarse and drains well; making it a good choice for supporting a Christmas tree in a bucket stand. However, any type of sand that can provide stability to the tree should work fine. The sand is more for support than for maintaining freshness.


What are some signs that my Christmas tree is not healthy or fresh anymore?

Signs that your Christmas tree is not fresh anymore include brown needles, needles that fall off easily when you touch or shake the tree, and a lack of fragrance. If the tree is not absorbing water from the stand, it may need a fresh cut at the base to open up the vascular system again. The need for more sand would only arise if the tree is not stable in its stand.


Are there any specific types of Christmas trees that stay fresh longer than others? What should I look for when choosing a tree?

Some types of Christmas trees are known for their longevity. For example, the  Noble Fir is known for it’s ability to retain their needles for a long time, which helps them stay fresh-looking longer. When choosing a tree, look for one that has a healthy green color, a fresh, strong fragrance, and needles that don’t fall off easily when the tree is shaken.

At Parkswood Tree Centre, we have a number of Noble Fir trees available. If you are based in the south east, get your Noble Fir tree order in.


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Bare Rooted Plants

When you go to the nursery or garden centre, the two most common ways you can buy plants is bare-root or potted.  Bare-root plants have no soil on their roots.  Potted or container plants are growing in moss peat in a pot.

About Bare Rooted Plants

These are Trees and plants which are dug up in the nursery, during the months of November to March and contain no soil on their roots.  They can be taken and planted during this dormant season November to March.  The roots of these plants must be kept moist, from the time they are dug up until planting.  It is critical that they don t dry out.

When you get bare-rooted plants you should plant them as soon as possible, either in their permanent position or temporarily in some moist soil, sand or moss peat until you are ready to plant them on a permanent site.  This is known as heeling in.  You may heel them in individually or in bundles, making sure all roots are covered.  If plant roots do appear to dry out, submerge them in water, for at least half an hour before planting.


Preparing the Ground for Planting

Before planting, remove any grass, or weeds which are growing on the site. You can do this manually with a spade or a mechanical digger.  When planting a bare-root hedge I have successfully dug a long narrow trench which eliminates the grass between the plants.  Large stones should be picked out of the site and replaced with good top soil.  To allow for good drainage a small amount of horticultural sand and moss peat can be added.  Do not plant on a wet day, as the site will become too muddy and plants will not settle into the ground properly.  When planting make sure the hole is deep and wide enough to comfortably contain the roots loosely in the hole.  Tease out and spread the roots loosely, now fill in with top soil, moving the plant to and fro to allow the soil work its way around the root.  Repeat this until you reach the ground level and firm in with your boot.  This will allow the plant to remain steady and prevent wind rocking.  Plant no deeper than the soil mark on the plant.

If dry conditions remain after planting, water your plants once a week, for two to three weeks, this is especially important during the latter end of the dormant season, late February and March.

Tree Staking

Trees requiring a stake to hold them firmly, should be planted after the stake is driven into the hole.  The prevailing wind should reach the stake before the tree.  After planting, tie the tree to the stake with soft strapping.  Severe drying conditions can occur during Spring time, so water at regular intervals.

Advice can be given on pruning and shaping of individual trees to improve their shape and appearance.  Establishment of trees and hedging plants will be greatly improved if competing grass and weeds are kept at bay, by regular weeding.  An organic mulch of farmyard manure applied at spring time will help boost plants such as hedging.  A suitable base fertiliser may be applied the following Spring to boost growth.

Summary of key points for bareroot planting

  • Plant roots to be kept moist at all times.
  • Firm in plants after planting.
  • Water at intervals after planting.


Some common Tree and Hedging varieties suitable for planting bareroot








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Advantages of bareroot planing

  • Plants are more economical.
  • Plants easier to handle and transport.

Advantage of potted / container plants

  • Plants can be planted any time of the year.
  • Plants are more stable in the ground / quicker to establish.