Visitors - and their teddies! - are being invited to step into Maghera’s new walled garden this month (25th July) to celebrate its opening to the public.
A teddy bears’ picnic, together with free family entertainment, is planned to mark the garden’s first season, following a £500K renovation project.
The event will see the garden filled with teddy-related activity, including teddy bear characters and an animatronic teddy band, with music, face painting and arts and crafts also on offer.
A once open field which was home to some donkeys, the garden has undergone extensive restoration by Mid Ulster District Council to recreate the former enclosed Victorian space which once flourished on the spot.
Old walls and gateways have been rebuilt and repointed, paths recreated, glasshouses replaced and original species nurtured back to life in the herb and flower beds.
Standing adjacent to the Church of Ireland rectory in the town, itself a listed Georgian building, the garden is also close to the Christian heritage site of St Lurach’s and is expected to become a must-see attraction for visitors to the area.
The project received funding through the INTERREG IVA (4a) programme managed by the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB) and through the Landfill Community Funding scheme made available through River Ridge Recycling.
The walled garden will be open for the teddy bears’ picnic on Saturday 25th July from 11am to 3pm.