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Garden of Reflection Opens in Moat Park

November 5, 2019

A Garden of Reflection in Moat Park has been established opposite the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. 

Funded by the council, the Dundonald Historical Cultural Society and the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council PEACE IV Partnership under the Shared Space & Services theme this dedicated area provides a safe space for people to take time out to reflect and relax. 

Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking at the opening, said: “The council is delighted to see the Garden of Reflection completed and it looks fantastic.  The Ulster Hospital is just across the road and we wanted to provide a dedicated area for hospital staff and patients’ families to take some time out of their busy day or stressful situation.

“Those who visit the Garden of Reflection from the hospital will be looking for some respite and this shared space with reflective quotes, wildflowers and seating can provide it.  Or perhaps they want to take their loved one out of the hospital for some fresh air and as this garden is wheelchair accessible this would be possible.  As a council we are committed to improving the quality of life of our residents, and we hope that our Dundonald residents use this area when in Moat Park.”

The shrubs and flowers planted by local schoolchildren through the council’s biodiversity programme will assist in conserving our pollinators and insects.

Councillor Jonathan Craig, Chair of the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council PEACE IV Partnership added: “Shared spaces are very important in today’s society and this new Garden of Reflection provides a dedicated area for everyone to enjoy peace and tranquillity.  It is a safe and welcoming place located in Moat Park in the vicinity of the local PSNI station and the main Newtownards Road. I hope everyone enjoys and respects it.”

The Garden of Reflection was opened with a dedication service attended by elected representatives, local community groups, staff from the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust and the PSNI.