Tree Register of Ireland

COUNTY LIST NAMED TREES TREE SPECIES COMMON NAMES HERITAGE CATEGORIES

Buxus sempervirens


Box




Birr Castle, Birr, Co. Offaly


Situation: Avenue
Visited and photographed on: 13-Aug-09
Height: 10 m Girth: 0.4 m

Heritage value:

Arboricultural Curiosity
Forms part of an historic landscape



These hedges were planted when the Parsons family came to Birr in the early seventeenth Century and now feature in the Guinness book of records as the tallest and oldest known anywhere. Some of the box in the demesne were cut down to provide the propellers and other parts of the war planes in the First World War.