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Thursday 22 August 2019

€400k works set to revive walled garden as tourist attraction

The Shackleton Gardens
The Shackleton Gardens

The development of a major new tourism attraction in north Dublin is a step closer after contracts were awarded for restoration and reconstruction works at the Shackleton Gardens.

The work at the site, in Beech Park, Clonsilla, is part of a €400,000 investment from Fingal County Council and Failte Ireland.

The gardens, which feature a famous plant collection, were acquired by the council last year with a view to opening them to the public as a visitor attraction in the Dublin 15 area.

Walls

The work will involve the rebuilding of large sections of the garden walls, upgrading paths and the restoration of garden buildings.

"Workers will be on site in two weeks to begin the restoration, and it will take approximately three months to complete," a statement from the council said.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O'Brien said the Shackleton Gardens have the potential to be a major visitor attraction.

"I warmly welcome the news that contracts have been signed and workers will shortly be on site to commence these major restoration works."

Fingal County Council's interim chief executive, AnnMarie Farrelly, said the gardens were once considered the best walled gardens in the country, with a unique collection of plants.

Specimen

"I am delighted that the council will be able to restore this amenity and open it to the public," she said.

The council's parks and operations staff are also working with a local volunteer group on the conservation and replanting of the plant collection, which includes a wide range of herbaceous perennials, shrubs and specimen trees.

The gardens, which are inside a 1.5-acre walled area, house the collection in large herbaceous borders.

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