Visitors have just a few weekends left to see behind the walls of Maghera’s secret garden before it closes following its first summer season.
The walled garden, which has been developed by Mid Ulster District Council following a £500K renovation project, has flourished since its transformation from a derelict field to an enclosed space influenced by Victorian gardens
Old walls and gateways have been rebuilt and repointed, paths recreated, glasshouses added and new planting has brought the herb and flower beds back to life.
“The garden is a beautiful addition to our parks and green spaces in Mid Ulster,” said Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Christine McFlynn. “Even in the few short months since it opened in the spring, you can see how the planting has already started to mature and while the garden will close to the public until next spring, work will be on-going throughout the winter.
“Hundreds of bulbs will be planted and additional beds in the garden will be designed and planted up in preparation for next season. Local children have already enjoyed sampling the vegetables in the garden over the summer, and some who had never eaten peas straight from the pod were amazed at how sweet they were. Next year we can bring similar experiences to even more children”.
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.
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 to visitors until 30th September and then on 3 Saturdays (Saturday 3rd October, Saturday 17th October and Saturday 7th November).
For more information about the garden click here.