Farming Rathcroghan-European Innovation Partnership have entered and been accepted as one of the Postcard Gardens to feature in the upcoming Bord Bia Bloom Festival taking place at the Phoenix Park in Dublin from June 1st-5th 2023.
This Postcard Garden illustrates the groundbreaking developments in sustainable farming in Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon.
The Farming Rathcroghan project is an exciting new initiative with enormous potential for the future. It supports farmers to maintain and enhance this important national and international archaeological landscape, promoting sustainable and ecologically sound farming practices, benefitting biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and water quality.
The concept of the garden entitled Pastures New was developed by Farming Rathcroghan Project Manager Richie Farrell in partnership with Rathcroghan Visitor Centre in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon. The project manager stated that participation in Bloom 23 is an exciting opportunity not only to promote the success of the project and to bring its story to a wide audience but also to promote Rathcroghan area as visitor attraction. The Bloom Festival provides such a national focus with huge numbers of people attending over the five days of the June Bank Holiday weekend.
The proposal is a concept miniature landscape garden with the Rathcroghan Mound model as centrepiece. It will also represent the archaeological nature of the landscape’s features, the farmland, and also reflect the importance of farming tradition and practices in helping to preserve our built and cultural heritage.
The project is supported by funding and assistance from Roscommon County Council, Creative Ireland Programme, Local Enterprise Office & Heritage Office.