BANGOR CASTLE WALLED GARDEN
Originally designed in 1840 Bangor Castle Walled Garden had fallen into a state of complete disrepair and had never been open to the public. North Down Borough Council have completely restored the 1.5 acre site and it was opened to the public in April 2009.
The project called for the walled garden to be restored back to its original Victorian design. The work involved supplying and planting some 1200 different plant species, each species down to the cultivar had been carefully selected were considered integral to the completed scheme and many individual varieties had to be sourced from specialist small nurseries across Europe.
A central avenue of pleached lime trees where supplied and planted by The Landscape Centre for this project. The trees where supplied as container grown specimens and great care was taken in the preparation of tree pits, horticultural staff from The Landscape Centre advised the client and the main contractor on the exact requirements for drainage, quality of backfill material etc. The trees were secured using the platypus underground tree anchoring system and trained to an overhead framework for horizontal wires.
The garden is surrounded by a 5m wide herbaceous border running around the inside of the wall, with four main themed quadrants forming the centre of the design. The Kitchen Garden, Topiary Garden, Swamp and Flower gardens are all complex in their design and variety of plants. The work involved amongst other things, careful ground preparation, the handling and planting of high value specimen plant material, and the setting out of box to create formal and complex hedge patterns.
This was a highly prestigious project which called upon all of the companies vast amount of horticultural skills and experience, and the quality of our workmanship was recognised when the garden won the ALCI Award in October 2010.