Trinity College Dublin is to ask the public to vote on its plans to turn the formal grass area outside the front of the university into an urban wildflower meadow.
The move, if approved, would be a pioneering attempt in Ireland to place wildflower spaces in the heart of the city.
The area under consideration – one of the most prominent areas in the capital – is the grass outside the university’s front gate, where statues of Oliver Goldsmith and Edmund Burke stand and thousands pass by on a daily basis.
Trinity says the plan is part of the university’s response to Ireland’s “biodiversity crisis”.
Though the area may end up looking less tidy, supporters of the idea say it will be an important reminder of what wild nature looks like.