Friday 28 November 2014

Children's garden is pure magic

Published 29/07/2014 | 02:30

Dee Ahearn, Chief Executive of Barrettstown and Siobhan Talbot, Group Managing Director Glanbia Plc with Sinead Ni Raghallaigh (11) and Keva Murtagh (9). Photo: Pat Moore.
Dee Ahearn, Chief Executive of Barrettstown and Siobhan Talbot, Group Managing Director Glanbia Plc with Sinead Ni Raghallaigh (11) and Keva Murtagh (9). Photo: Pat Moore.

AN award-WINNING garden complete with hidden burrows, bridges and wishing trees has been unveiled at Barretstown camp in Co Kildare.

The garden won the People's Choice award at this year's Bloom Festival and has now been transplanted to the camp for children with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Conceived by landscape architect Tim Austen, the garden is named 'Barretstown & Glanbia: Sowing the Seeds of Magic' and is designed to bring visitors on a thought-provoking and fun journey.

Glanbia staff have raised €1.6m for Barretstown over a five-year period and 30 workers who spearheaded the campaign were recognised at the garden's unveiling.

This process of 'Therapeutic Recreation' is designed to stop children from seeing themselves as 'sick kids' and discover greater self-esteem, confidence and the courage needed to undertake the difficult journey of their illness and its treatment.

Irish Independent

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