Enclosed kitchen garden and gardens of Wellbrook, Cookstown. Taken in 1948. Wellbrook Beetling Mill is not under the ownership of the National Trust.
The Snowdrops of National Trust SpringHill House are stunning, large carpets can be found in the lawns of the 17th century plantation house (dating from 1680), I took a wee spin up recently to have a wee dander and see what all the chat was about....Head Gardener John has been busy splitting and replanting clumps to increase the area covered...and over time these will merge to create a great sway of snowdrops...I'm looking forward to this!
Springhill House in Moneymore, Nr Magherafelt is owned by the National Trust of Northern Ireland, the gardens cover many acres and include herb gardens, parkland, beech avenues, woodland walks, rose gardens and more. I had the delight of exploring the gardens recently, I've put together a wee slideshow of some images from around the gardens. These gardens are undergoing large scale renovation works, so if its been a number of years since your last trip then now's a great time to revisit this Historic property
Invasive species, such as Rhododendron Ponticum have become a real nuisanse to woodland and estate owners over the past few years, their over dominance of native plants has led to startling reduction in native flora and associated wildlife in many estates and large gardens, very few better pieces are available on their sources, problems and effect than this link here, by Countrysideinfo. Our increased awareness of the role of biodiversity in the modern garden and landscape means that the time has come for these plants, and it was great to speak to and see first hand the work that Toby Edwards, Estate Manager of National Trust Downhill is putting into it...
The Victorian era brought fantastic horticultural techniques and stunning plant
Toby mentioned that a lot of the work on the Downhill site is carried out by volunteers, and I was interested in the role that these Volunteers pay in the upkeep and development of the Downhill site, and how someone can become a volunteer
As a charity, National Trust gratefully relies on the support that people give
see some pics of the snowdrops display around Downhill and the restoration of the Bishops Gate area here
I was part of an enthusiastic group that turned up at Downhill on Sunday past for a 'Behind the scenes' tour of Downhill, which was beautifully complimented by an amazing display of Snowdrops in the Bishops Gate entranceway. Toby Edwards and John Herbert were our guides for the day....
as Toby says "these 'behind the scenes' style tours showcase the efforts of the staff and volunteers that often go un-noticed"
Whilst the glen woodlands/arboretum themselves were the created vision of the
Some amazing pictures showcasing the restoration work undertaken in the Bishops Gate area can be found here on the Downhill National Trust Facebook Page.
My thanks to Toby and John from National Trust for a most enjoyable day, and thanks to Jonathan Todd for the pictures.
If you can folks, get up to Downhill, park at the Bishops Gate and go enjoy some of the most amazing drifts of snowdrops I've seen anywhere in County Derry.... visit the Downhill official website here for opening hours etc, learn more about the Invasive species removal work at Downhill here
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond