Ardgillan Demesne was one of the 22 parks nationally that were awarded ‘Green Flag’ status in the An Taisce Green Flag awards.
The demesne is situated in North County Dublin on an elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries, 32 kilometres north of Dublin City. The park consists of 194 acres of rolling open grassland, mixed woodland and gardens, overlooking the Irish Sea with views of Mourne Mountains.
The awards are given to public parks and green spaces that exemplify excellence in standards such as management, sustainability and conservation as well as visitor facilities.
Ardgillan is one of 11 parks in the Dublin area to be awarded this status. Ardgillan Demesne is managed and operated by Fingal County Council with Dominica McKevitt, Head Gardener overseeing the day to day running of the park. Dominica has been in this position since the walled garden at Ardgillan was planted and has relished seeing the gardens grow.
Ardgillan was complimented on its standards in the gardens, with the herbaceous border noted as being the ‘highlight of the visit’. Ardgillan was recognised as being ‘a very fine park, well maintained park in a wonderful setting with an excellent standard of horticulture’. Dominica was delighted to accept the award on behalf of Fingal County Council and her team at Ardgillan.