dlr win Gold Medal at Bloom for Fernhill Sustainability Garden

Thursday, May 31, 2018
dlr County
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We are delighted to be awarded a Gold Medal at Bloom 2018 for our concept garden 'Fernhill - An exercise in sustainability'  in the large concept garden category today (31st May 2018).

Our garden was designed in house by dlr Senior Parks Superintendent Ruairí O'Dualing and Tierney Haines Architect Nicola Haines.  The garden was planned and planted with ecological and sustainability considerations at the fore with a keen eye on the details.  

This garden highlights the challenge for parks to balance protection of the environment with a human need for outside space. Fernhill has been recently acquired by DLRCC and will provide much-needed parkland for the local community. The park includes a unique collection of spring flowering ericaceous plants and is teeming with wildlife. We have a rigorous sustainability plan for the garden which keeps areas protected from disturbance, while offering alternative spaces for visitors to engage with this special place.

The show garden is an interpretation of the sustainability aims for Fernhill. A reclaimed birch-clad wall creates a divide between protected and active parts of the garden. Breaks in the wall encourage glimpses into the protected landscape. The wall breaks down to reveal a woodland playground, half in, half out of the protected environment and a community garden, complete with wheelchair accessible raised bed.

Further information here

Fernhill Park and Gardens is open every Sunday from 9am - 3pm in May and June. More details here.