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The   German   architect   Richard   Cassells   designed   and   supervised the   building   of   the   great   house   in   1731,   almost   300   years   ago.   It   was   to   be the   first   Palladian   Villa   designed   by   him   to   be   seen   in   Ireland.   The   design of   Hazelwood   became   the   prototype   for   other   great   houses   built   to   his design   here,   including   Leinster   House,   Powerscourt   House   and   Bellinter House.         Over   the   past   30   years   the   condition   of   the   House   has   been allowed   to   deteriorate   by   its   various   owners,   despite   being   a   protected structure.   In   2011   repairs   were   carried   out   principally   to   some   of   the   roof areas   with   the   benefit   of   grants   both   from   the   Dept.   of   the   Environment’s Heritage   Council      and   the   Buildings   at   Risk   Fund,   as   a   consequence   of close    monitoring    of    the    situation    by    the   Action    Group    and    the    locally concerned    community.    The    huge    amount    of    interest    in    the    affairs    of Hazelwood   was   evidenced   by   the   large   and   animated   attendance   at   the presentation during Heritage week, 2011.   The   Action   Group   has   achieved   its   initial   aims   of   raising   the   profile of   Hazelwood   and   having   basic   repairs   done   with   the   help   of   Sligo   County Council,   who   facilitated   the   section   53   orders,   reminding   the   owners   of   their responsibilities   to   maintain   a   protected   structure.   Looking   to   the   future   the next   phase   will   focus   on   the   conservation   of   the   house   and   its   environs.   To this   end   the   Action   Group   felt   it   is   appropriate   to   now   be    known   as   the Hazelwood Heritage Society.’
Hazelwood   House,      the   first   and   most   important   Palladian   Villa   built   to   the   design of   Richard   Cassells   in   1731,   and   its      surrounding   landscape      the   River   Garravogue   and Lough    Gill    is    of    outstanding    beauty,    was    threatened    from    a    proposed    housing development   that   would   have   scarred   th   natural   environment   forever.   Trees,   ruthlessly pulled   down.   Roads,   pavements   and   houses   smothering   the   fertile   land   where   wild flowers   grow.   The   exquiste   views   along   the   river's   edge,   replaced   by   the   sight   of   bricks and   concrete.   The   woods   much   loved   and   frequented   by   locals   and   visitors   alike   gone under   the   bulldozers,   never   to   return.   The   unspoilt   magnificence   of   Lough   Gill,   regarded by many as one of the most glorious lakes in Ireland, would never have been the same If   the   planning   application   had   been   granted   by   Sligo   County   Council   residents and visitors would no longer have been able to enjoy this wonderful amenity Children   would   have   played   in   gardens   contaminated   with   these   chemicals   Tylene, Zylene, Toluene, Chromium and Arsenic? We   believe   that   Hazelwood   House,   a   national   and   international   important   building must   be   preserved   for   the   local   community,   the   nation   and   and   the   world.   We   also believe   that   it   still   could   serve   as   vital   role   has   a   educational   or   tourist   amenity   for   the northwest   of   Ireland   and   must   be   protected. The   ancient   ecological   system   in   the   alluvial woodland      must   not   be   disturbed   or   altered   forever.   The   added   burden   on   the   natural environment,   with   the   increased   population   and   their   domestic   animals   would   have created   adverse   effect   on   woodland   and   fauna.   Such   a   rare   woodland   habitat   must   be preserved.  The Foresthaze Development Plan 10 year planning permission for development Construction of 158 detached houses Construction of 54 apartments in 4 blocks Construction of 13 river berths, Construction of a crèche Construction 2 ESB substations & switch rooms. Northern range of outbuildings will accommodate 5 retail units Overall gross floor area of proposed buildings is 41,572sqm. Site area is 33.13     hectares
Hazelwood Heritage Society
  The Future Thankfully, with the committed diligence of the former Hazelwood Action Group Sligo and many individuals, this environmental catastrophe did not happen and the beautiful area of Hazelwood Forest is safe for the present, for residents and visitors to admire, explore and enjoy. Now, the Hazelwood Heritage Society, with the first phase of its mandate, opposing the proposed development, must turn its attention to the future and particularly the future of Hazelwood House and the safe-keeping of Hazelwood Forest. On these pages you will find our concerns and the plans that were put forward that would destroyed the habitat, the beauty and isolated the house that we know as the Hazelwood Estate
The Future The Foresthaze Plan Explanation of the HHS
Hazelwood Heritage Society
19th Century Hazelwood House  
This website is dedicated to the protection and care of Hazelwood House and Hazelwood Forest
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Join or Contact The Hazelwood Heritage Society We are inviting YOU to become a  Member  of the Hazelwood Heritage Society. The HHS is actively directed towards the preservation, restoration and upkeep of Hazelwood House and its environs, ensuring it remains a recreational and cultural asset for the wider community. Annual Membership only costs €10 . Please join us and keep Hazelwood House and its environs FREE for us all to enjoy and safeguard. You can join online by paying for your membership by using PayPal. Click the ‘Add To Cart’ button below
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Pay online or copy the subscription form(above) and send your form and cheque to the address on the slip. You might like to make a donation to help us  preserve, protect and care for Hazelwood House and its surroundings. Making sure it remains a community recreational and cultural asset of Sligo.
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The Hazelwood Heritage Society has for many years worked, and will continue to do so to achieve recognition for  Hazelwood House, highlighting the importance of Hazelwood as a part of our built heritage in the North West. The German architect Richard Cassells designed and supervised the building of the great house in 1731. It was to be the first Palladian Villa designed by him to be seen in Ireland. The design of Hazelwood became the prototype for other great houses built to his design here, including Leinster House, Powerscourt House and Bellinter House. Over the past 30 years the condition o the House has been allowed to deteriorate by its various owners, despite being a protected structure. In 2011 repairs were carried out principally to some of the roof areas with the benefit of grants both from the Dept. of the Environment’s Heritage Council  & the Buildings at Risk Fund, as a consequence of close monitoring of the situation by the HHS and the locally concerned community. The huge amount of interest in the affairs of Hazelwood was evidenced by the large and animated attendance at the presentation during Heritage week, 2011. The HHS has achieved its initial aims of raising the profile of Hazelwood and having basic repairs done with the help of Sligo County Council, who facilitated the section 53 orders, reminding the owners of their responsibilities to maintain a protected structure. Looking to the future the next phase will focus on the conservation of the house and its environs.
Phone Beatrice 0877701603 or email : info@hazelwoodheritagesociety.ie. 
WE ARE THE HAZELWOOD HERITAGE SOCIETY (HHS)  For over five years the Hazelwood Action Group has worked to achieve recognition for Hazelwood House, highlighting the importance of Hazelwood as a part of our built heritage in the North West. The Action Group has achieved its initial aims of raising the profile of Hazelwood and having basic repairs done with the help of Sligo County Council. To this end the Action Group felt it is appropriate to now be known as the Hazelwood Heritage Society.
Our Vision SAVING, PROTECTING and CARING for the PEACE & TRANQUILITY of  HAZELWOOD FOREST & CARING for the ARCHITECTURE & HISTORICAL HAZELWOOD HOUSE The Hazelwood Heritage Society is actively directed towards the preservation, restoration and upkeep of Hazelwood House and its environs, ensuring it remains a recreational and cultural asset for the wider community
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