Ballyvolane House hosts open garden day this Sunday


Ballyvolane House hosts open garden day this Sunday

The splendour of the gardens at Ballyvolane House will be open to the public on sunday, with the Ardglass Wind Turbine Action Awareness Group holding an open day.

Thursday, 25 April 2013
2:45 PM GMT

As Ardglass Wind Turbine Action Awareness Group continue with their campaign to inform locals of the proposed wind turbine development in the Dungourney, Castlelyons, Lisgoold and Ballynoe areas, this Sunday they’re holding an Open Garden Day and Afternoon Tea as a fundraiser in the magnificent setting of Ballyvolane House, Castlelyons and your support is requested.

This is the ideal opportunity to get some fresh air in the splendid gardens of Ballyvolane House, which are looking well despite the harsh winter/spring months. Ballyvolane literally translates as ‘the place of springing heifers’ and is testament to the fertility, richness and natural diversity of the land on which the estate lies.

The gardens were originally laid out when the house was built in the early 18th century by the Pyne family. The planting of the trees on the estate was undertaken by Thomas Pennefeather, a cousin of the Pyne’s, who came to stay for a fortnight and remained there for forty years in the position of agent. He planted most of the mature deciduous trees in the gardens and surrounding parkland, nurturing them in their formative years and ensuring their lasting presence for  centuries to come.

The event runs from 12 noon until 5pm, with talk and tour by Justin Green at 2.30, featuring the walled garden, woodland garden, lakes and formal lawns. Admission is just €5 per person or €10 per family, with a plant and book sale also planned. It promises to be a special day and all proceeds to Ardglass Wind Turbine Action Awareness Group.

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