Conservation & Reconstruction: retaining the historic integrity of our significant heritage parks and gardens is essential in their ongoing management and conservation. This necessitates a comprehensive evaluation of their content, design and history. However, while detailed investigation into the original form of gardens and parks is an essential aid to accurate repair and renewal, it often highlights tension between preservation, reconstruction and simple enhancement. Discovering the directions to take, how and why, is the underlying theme of this year’s NIHGT conference. Our speakers will talk about their own experiences in the conservation, rejuvenation and restoration of our historic parks and gardens.

18.00: Registration, reception and refreshment
19.30pm: Welcome by the chairperson (NIHGT), and introduction to our opening speaker by Mike Snowden. The opening speaker, John Sales, will speak on “Significance, Dead and Alive?”.

FRIDAY 06 OCTOBER, all day
9.15: Christopher Gallagher – “Mystery Plays, Restoration Dramas & the Rise of Significance – parks and gardens management since the mid 1980s”.

10.45: Brian Dix – “Here’s one that was made earlier – thirty years’ experience of archaeology and garden reconstruction”.

11.35: Neil Porteous – “Restoration, reconstruction and reinvigoration at Mount Steward, County Down”.

13.00: lunch

14.00: Edward Walsh – “Restoring Lissadell, a work in progress”. Edward will then lead a site visit to Lissadell Park and two walled gardens, the Victorian Kitchen Garden and the Alpine Garden, first created 1740 as a pleasure garden.

19.30: dinner in the Riding Arena at Lissadell. Speaker Richard Wheeler on “The Renaissance of the Renaissance Garden – restoring formality”.

9.15: Seamus O’Brien – “Restoration of the Gardens at Kilmaccuragh, County Wicklow”.

10.30: Catherine Fitzgerald – “Rejuvenation of the gardens at Hillsborough Castle, County Down

11.10: Alan Ryan – “‘Diamond in the Mine’, the restoration of Colclough walled garden”

11.50: Christopher O’Neill – “Ilnaculliln; rejuvenating the Irish Riviera, the OPW’s approach to the restoration and rejuvenation of the gardens on GArnish Island, West Cork”.

13.00: Lunch

14.00: Todd Longstaff-Gowan – “Kensington Redivivus: the recent refurbishment of the gardens at Kensington Palace”.

14.45: Gretta Doyle – “‘[It] captivates the eye at a distance, invites an approach, and is delightful when near’ – restoring the park and gardens at Castletown, County Kildare.”

15.00: Adam Whitbourn – “Sympathetic garden management, Is it all Blarney?”.

Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Trust, 25th Annual Conference
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