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Moira Sensory Wildlife Garden Opens

February 19, 2019

A new sensory wildlife garden has opened in Moira Demesne. Members of the local community, Groundwork NI, Philips Contracts, The Conservation Volunteers, Woodland Trust, pupils from Moira Primary School, Rowandale Integrated Primary School and Stepping Stones NI attended the recent official opening.

The Moira Sensory Garden has been designed to appeal to the senses of taste, touch, sound, smell and sight.  It aims to provide a calming and therapeutic experience whilst enjoying nature in the park.

The project was made possible thanks to a £46,625 Alpha Programme grant. This programme is managed by Groundwork NI and uses landfill tax credit funding from Alpha Resource Management’s operations at Mullaghglass landfill site to support community amenity and biodiversity projects.

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, speaking at the opening, said: “This new garden provides a variety of elements to enrich the natural environment of Moira Demesne for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.  It is an excellent addition to the facilities already available in this popular space.

“Within the garden there is a sensory path, herbs, fruit trees, a viewing platform, a telescope, wooden sculptures, a willow dome, a willow tunnel, a bug hotel, a wildflower meadow, species rich hedgerows, sensory plants and an outdoor classroom, which the Council hopes will appeal to the younger generation too.  Both residents and visitors can enjoy this tranquil area when they visit Mora Demesne,” concluded Alderman Porter.

The trees and species rich hedging planted in the garden were donated by the Woodland Trust.

Applications for the next round of Alpha Programme funding close on Friday 12th April 2019. Anyone considering applying to the Programme is encouraged to contact Richard Rogers at to discuss their application prior to submission.