Castlewellan Annesley Gardens and Arboretum
Since Autumn 2013, Out There have been delivering maintenance of the walled garden and surrounding grounds. Today the gardens are fully open to the public and have once again become a popular tourist attraction.
Out There first became involved with the gardens during Summer 2013. At that time the walled garden had been completely closed to the public. Inside the walls all areas of the garden had been overrun by bramble, nettles and bracken. The grass hadn’t been cut for a number of years, the path network was virtually inaccessible and had become unsafe, full of ruts and potholes. Many of the trees and specimen shrubs had been damaged by storms or neglect.
Out There were engaged to try and bring the gardens to a standard so they could be re-opened to the public. We did this through the provision of skilled horticulturists, maintenance teams and tree surgeons.
Since Autumn 2013 Out There have been delivering maintenance of the walled garden and surrounding grounds. In order to maximise the benefit of the limited funding we have appointed a full time horticulturists to work on site full time.
Continuing on from our initial works in 2013 Out There have taken complete responsibility for all aspects of grounds maintenance within the walled gardens and the surrounding spaces.
Today the gardens are fully open to the public and have once again become a popular tourist attraction.
More recently in May 2018, Castlewellan Arboretum and Annesley Garden was the first Irish garden to receive a plaque from the International Dendrology Society. The society promotes the study of trees and conservation of rare and endangered plant species worldwide. Its IDS Plaque is awarded to a gardens or dendrological collection of exceptional merit.
Suzie Scott of the IDS described Castlewellan as “the most special and wonderful place, It’s the jewel in the crown, this highlights the importance of maintaining and continuing the garden for future generations, we have trees from all around the world here, it is truly global.”
It is hoped that the presentation of the plaque will raise awareness of the importance and unique heritage of the arboretum. As global warming starts to change treescapes, gardens like those in Castlewellan could play a vital scientific role, according to the society.
“Few arboreta like Castlewellan can tell us so much about how a huge variety of trees adapt to climate change,” said Ms Scott.
“These special tree collections can also provide important propagation material and be the source of new and useful cultivars.”
Out There Services are extremely proud to be associated with this scheme and congratulate our team on site for the outstanding work they do on a daily basis.
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