Oregon Maple


The Oregon Maple, Acer macrophyllum (Tree no. 312 & 319). Location: Main square

Background: brought to Europe from America. These are some of the oldest trees in Trinity College.

Of interest – the bracing system – where the tree limbs are linked by a steel cable system, which move in unison spreading the load throughout the tree.  See image below.

Of note – the tree surgeon has only a 3o seconds time frame from drilling holes for support rods to inserting rods as tree will start to repair itself closing the hole.

Images: Olivia Hassett


The Alder


Alder, Alnus glutinosa ‘Laciniata’ (Tree no.169). Main playing fields

Of interest: nice catkins (slim cylindrical drooping flower clusters) appear will appear mid February.  Bark scars formed a few years after a branch was removed are of interest to the team.  We are also drawn to investigating the oblong lenticles (breathing holes).

About this blog

This blog celebrates a specific selection of the stunning selection of Trees in Trinity College Dublin.

Early in January of this year the Trinity College Trees team in conjunction with Dr. Conor Buckley of TCD initiated a new study on the two large Oregon Maple trees in College Square.   This 2018 project will build on the research and success of their 2017 project, which involved eight tress (including one of the Oregon Maples in the 2018 project) on the Trinity College Dublin campus.  

This blog aims to outlines the conservation, scientific and artistic development and outcomes from both the 2017 and 2018 projects.  

The Trinity College Trees Team are tree specialist (David Hackett), scientist (Prof. David Taylor), microscope expert (Dr. Clodagh Dooley), bioplastic specialist (Dr. Conor Buckley) and artist (Olivia Hassett) all based in Trinity College Dublin.

The team aim to make visible fascinating microscopic elements of the trees. This will allow for an unique way of engaging with the trees in an urban setting.

In 2017 in response to the research and microscopic imagery collected the artist created of a series of innovative art works, which were installed in eight trees throughout the campus. This exhibition launched in September 2017 and was supported by a self guided walk with a supporting audio piece that offered detailed information on each tree and the inspiration behind the installed artworks.  

For the 2018 project the team propose to undertake a programme of scientific and arboreal sampling and tests to explore the structural integrity of the two majestic but fragile Oregon Maple Trees in College Square.  Proposed artistic responses will include a months display of new artworks installed in both trees, live performance and indoor exhibition on the TCD campus.