Urban garden open to public

The attractive urban garden at 6a Belmont Park is built on the the site of an old WWII air raid shelter. It will be open to the public this Saturday afternoon.
The attractive urban garden at 6a Belmont Park is built on the the site of an old WWII air raid shelter. It will be open to the public this Saturday afternoon.

An urban garden situated on the site of an old World War II air raid shelter will be open to the public this Saturday as part of the Ulster Gardens Scheme.

The half acre site at 6a Belmont Park belongs to Mr. Michael and Mrs. Grainne McCafferty.

Divided into four ‘rooms,’ the garden has been developed over 38 years and the immediate impression is of a mature secluded garden with a wide range of interesting shrubs, trees and flowers.

The driveway is flanked by a lawn with rose and shrub beds while the lower part of the garden includes a patio, with a pool and a fountain head based on the design of the sculptured head of the River Foyle which is located on Bishop’s Gate.

Other areas of the garden include a variety of climbing plants and raised beds for vegetables.

The garden will be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, and admission is £3.

Teas will be provided with all proceeds going to the Foyle Hospice.

As Belmont Park is a cul-de-sac, parking will be limited and visitors are, therefore, advised to seek parking space in adjoining areas.

The Ulster Gardens Scheme, which is organised by the National Trust, is run by a committee of volunteers from across the North, united in their love of plants and gardens.

The committee meets regularly to plan forthcoming openings, sourcing new gardens to visit, and organising volunteers to help out with various projects.