Environmental Practices

Environmental Practices, Oakfield Park

Oakfield Park, Buffers restaurant and the gardens are managed and maintained using the strictest sustainable principles. We aim to provide a beautiful day out in nature for the current generation, whilst ensuring that the estate can be enjoyed by future generations.

Here are just a few of the many ways Oakfield Park is managed in a holistic and sustainable manner across the different areas.

On the Grounds

  • The grounds cover 100 acres in total – much of it covered in ancient trees, Heritage Trees, wetlands, waterways and native woodland.
  • The estate is maintained as perfect habitat for many important species including foxes, badgers, bats, otters and a huge number of bird species.
  • Within the past 20 years, we have planted approximately 45,000 native trees in the grounds. This includes an oak plantation with many unusual variations of oak tree.
  • Natural reed beds are used to attenuate storm water as well as to clean foul water before it reaches the waterways. These reed beds also provide the perfect habitat for many species of insect.
  • The gardeners make their own compost, wood chip and leaf mould.

In the Restaurant

  • The kitchen garden is used to provide organically grown produce to the house as well as Buffers restaurant
  • Wood used in fires and stoves is gathered and cut from naturally fallen trees and branches within the estate.
  • The ornate ponds and rills in the walled garden are fed by a Victorian Ram Pump in the upper gardens. This pump was installed in 1864 and very cleverly, requires no fuel or electricity to function.
  • Other water features in the lower gardens are naturally fed by the streams and lakes which also act as a perfect habitat for water fowl such as ducks, mallards, herons, coots and swans. There is a bird hide to observe this wildlife in Difflin lake.
  • We currently have five bee hives on the estate and harvest honey which is used in Buffers restaurant and sold throughout the year.
  • We maintain over 6 acres of wildflower on the estate which is a haven for bees, butterflies and humans alike.
  • Coffee cups in Buffers are either fully compostable or reusable.
  • Food that isn’t produced in the gardens is sourced as locally as possible.
  • Staff segregate compostable and recyclable waste throughout the estate and avoid single use plastic where practicable in the gardens.


This park is fabulous! The grounds are very well kept with loads of wildlife! Plenty to see and do! Definitely on the list of things to do in Donegal


8/6/2021 – Tripadvisor

What a fantastic day

I went to Oakfield park with my 4 and 5 year old boys and in their words it was the best day of our holiday ever! From the start we were met with extremely kind and enthusiastic staff members who couldn’t be more helper. My son’s played in the playground and explored all Oakfield had to offer for six hours. It was so clean and well looked after. A hidden gem we will definitely be returning to.


7/7/2021 – TripAdvisor

Great day at Oakfield Park yesterday

Had a wonderful guided tour of the upper gardens (delighted to see 4 acres of wild flowers coming up and wild garlic everywhere) then strolled around the lower gardens later on. Scrap was still with us the last time we were here and his photo by the Faerie Tree is still one of my favourites. Oakfield is more beautiful than I remember and Morholt the Land Giant is amazing! Coffee at Buffers was great and cheap. Something for everyone.

Terence McCann

30/05/2021 – Facebook

Santa Express

By FAR the best Santa experience we have visited. Every part is so well planned and feels so professional. From the train to the grotto to the outdoor entertainment and puppet show. My sons loved every bit of it. We ate at the restaurant and the food was so easy to order and quick. All round a 5* experience.


22/12/2020 – Tripadvisor

Fantastic jewel of a location.

Beautiful gardens and superbly maintained. It is beautifully presented with wonderful facilities and staff. The railway is a gem and so much fun. The restaurant has good value food and great coffee. So much to see in the grounds. Do not miss a visit to Oakfield.

John Hayes

21/08/2021 – Google

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