The Artist Garden was a project created for the UK City of Culture in Derry-Londonderry, the project saw Artist Katie Holten design a garden which was built for the City of Culture. Void Derry Gallery were behind the project. I was the Horticultural advisor on the project, Romac Landscapes was project manager. The project saw a formery unused Factory courtyard (which gets no direct sunlight) transformed into a woodland inspired garden, inspired by the phrase '1000 shades of green' and a recent walk I led to Loughermore Forest in County Derry - the ancient woodland around Ashbrook House supplied the Aged Timber and Stones for the garden, plants for the project were sourced through Gardening Express
thousand shades of green
Sat 16th saw us take a wee dander to Loughermore Forest (on the limavady claudy road), and what a treat. Some amazing panoramic views, great path network, a great show of lichen and mosses...and I've found some amazing new patches for wild blueberries too....
BBC did an aerial video of this area before, see here
Heres some pics from myself and Gracies wee adventure....
Build up to St Patricks Day with a forest walk to Loughermore Forest(outside of Claudy)....
The current main species are sitka spruce and lodgepole pine. There are also many corridors of mixed broadleaves to break up the conifer blocks and provide a hardwood habitat for fauna and flora.
The new wind farm can be seen to the south of the Baranilt Road leading to Loughermore forest.
A number of the blocks are included in the North Sperrins Area of Outstanding
Beauty. From the higher points of the forest there are extensive views over
Lough Foyle and the Donegal hills beyond.
Gerald mcGill will be on hand to tell tales of the 'Highwayman Shane' (Glenshane Pass names after him).....so a great combination of Horticulture n History....
Meet up : Forest entranceway - see directions here
kids - aye
buggies - aye
dogs - aye
cost - donation for charity
dress for a muddy forest and you'll go no wrong!
Please leave a comment below if your coming so I know how many to expect for my permit!!
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