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Thursday 18 October 2018

Construction begins on Fingal's entry to Bloom in the Park

DDLETB participants begin construction of The Greener Way for Fingal in The Phoenix Park ahead of Bloom in the Park 2018.
DDLETB participants begin construction of The Greener Way for Fingal in The Phoenix Park ahead of Bloom in the Park 2018.

John Manning

Construction of Fingal's Bloom in The Park 2018 garden has begun.

The title for this year's entry is 'The Greener Way for Fingal' and is the result of a partnership between Fingal County Council, The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB).

The theme of this year's garden highlights the potential for the development of multi-functional open spaces to allow for greater sustainability across Fingal.

Commenting on the theme, Fingal County Council's Assistant Parks Superintendent Mark Finnegan said: ''The Greener Way for Fingal' aims to illustrate how our parks and open spaces can be developed to improve sustainability as well as being used for leisure by communities. Open spaces no longer have a single purpose as recreational areas but must also function as natural play areas, wildlife habitats, pedestrian or cycle routes and sustainable urban drainage systems.'

'The Greener Way for Fingal' was designed by Landscape Designer Jane Corkery while the planting was carried out by ITB students of Horticulture under the direction of their lecturers.

The participants of the Local Training Initiative managed by the DDLETB based in Bremore Castle, Balbriggan have constructed all the hard landscape features including the gabion walls, stepping stones, swale and walkway using skills they have acquired as part of their course. This is the third year that Fingal, ITB and DDLETB have worked together to create a garden for Bloom.

Fingal Independent

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