27 April 2023
Celebrating the opening of the restored glasshouses
Garden party to celebrate the opening of the two restored glasshouses
Staff, volunteers, funders and supporters gathered in the glare of the new structures to celebrate a new chapter in the restoration of the Kitchen Garden. Reinstated on the footprint of the original glasshouses, the two spaces will provide community hubs to nurture a new love of horticulture, history and heritage.
Nestled in the patchwork of the County Fermanagh countryside, this impressive garden sits at the heart of the sustainable Irish estate. Having once provided work for 12 full-time gardeners, the garden and its original glasshouses fell into decline following the departure of the Head Gardener in 1947. It was only during archaeological excavations in 2014 that the original footprint of the glasshouses were rediscovered.
As well as offering the opportunity to grow more plants and vegetables, and respond to climate change through increased regenerative and sustainable practices, the glasshouses will provide a community-led educational space so that those with an interest in horticulture and community gardening can learn more about propagation techniques and other growing skills.
The revival of the Kitchen Garden to its 1930 glory has been made possible thanks to the commitment of a dedicated team of volunteers as well as the ongoing support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project has also been delivered thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, Landfill Community Fund and other major donors.