The garden is a representation of the Fingal Way, a planned future pedestrian and cycling network linking communities throughout Fingal. The design demonstrates the potential multiple benefits of public open spaces, such as pedestrian and cycle routes, as high-quality green infrastructure that balances environmental, ecological and community needs. The hard landscape elements of the garden have been constructed by participants of the Local Training Initiative (LTI) which is run by Fingal County Council in conjunction with the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) based in Bremore Castle, Balbriggan, using their traditional stonework skills developed on the training programme. Many of the garden features will be reused for the landscaping of Bremore Castle grounds.
The garden includes a swale as a demonstration of a sustainable drainage system, while a stormwater pipe is reused to create a striking seat. And, if you look carefully, you will see that the gabion walls include openings to provide pollinator insect habitats.
The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Horticulture Department in conjunction with the Parks & Green Infrastructure Division of Fingal County Council has designed this large show garden. Fingal County Council and the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown have developed a strong working relationship over the past number of years through showcasing aspects of County Fingal’s rich natural and cultural landscape at Bloom. This experienced partnership combines the qualities of landscape design and landscape management to create visually exciting, yet multi-functional show gardens. (View Profile)