David Hackett, b. 1959
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David Hackett, b. 1959


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Track 1: His childhood in a number of towns in Ireland and his early interest in horticultureTrack 2: In 1979, studied Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, then worked for thirteen years as Supervisor Gardener for Dun Laoghaire Borough Corporation. Track 3: In 1992 secured the post of Head Gardener in Trinity College Dublin. His observation that the older employees in the gardens helped him to understand his brief. The challenges of maintaining the College playing-fields, the extensive use of which rendered annual re-seeding necessary. Describes the maintenance of the many trees and shrubs in Front Square. Track 4: The fine old elm trees in College Park, which succumbed to Dutch Elm disease, and the new planting which followed this. Recalls the removal of the last elm tree in 1996. Track 5: Due to the ancient location of Trinity, any heavy digging for planting demands the presence of an archaeologist. Discussion of the ongoing maintenance, planning and landscaping of the Trinity campus.

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Trinity College, Dublin, Collection



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48 hours

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9.82 MB, 8.23 MB, 20.37 MB, 7.61 MB, 8.13 MB

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Supervisor, Grounds and Gardens

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Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore