An estate of 68 houses located towards the eastern end of Ballincollig. Building began in the late 70s and finished in 1983. Shortly afterwards, a line of cypress trees was planted at the northern boundary and a hedge leading down to the entrance, but little else was done until 2007 when a wall was constructed and a long shrubbery planted at the pedestrian entrance.
In 2013, the main entrance was cleared of overgrown vegetation, dug up, a low wall built and flowers and shrubs planted, all done on a voluntary basis by residents. For many years, Glendower Court languished at the bottom of its category in the Ballincollig Tidy Towns estates competition, but with huge effort by residents over a short number of years, it won the overall best estate in 2014. Since then, the goal of the Residents Association has been:
1] maintain a tidy, well-kept, colourful estate.
2] include biodiversity, pollinating plants, etc. in the estate’s wild areas (slope at the main entrance and behind the line of trees at the bottom of the estate) and in flower / shrub beds.
3] encourage residents to maintain neat and colourful front gardens
4] maintain an eco-friendly environment. Both the 2 main greens, covering an area of 2 acres, and all the kerbs are edged by hand. Sprays have not been used for a number of years. The hedge at the eastern end is not trimmed until it has shed its flowers.
However, wild plant areas do require some management, and the problem with the area behind the line of trees at the bottom of the estate is its size – 145m long. In 2015 the area was cleared and topsoil spread when the boundary wall with Fionn Laoi was constructed. Wild flower seed was planted by a resident to produce a stunning vista. The area soon became over-come with nettles, thistles, etc.
Bees continue to be attracted to the area but residents hope to develop 1 or 2 small patches with colourful pollinating flowers, and plant small trees or shrubs (whitethorn, rowan, etc) in the rest of the area.
Four bird boxes have been installed in the estate and a couple of birds have moved in.