The extensive eighteenth century Mountbellew Walled Garden was once part of the large Bellew estate. The Mountbellew Heritage and Tourism Network want to conserve the large limestone walls that surround the gardens, and to restore some of the original features of the gardens and to establish allotments to help people to discover the heritage of the locality and to provide opportunities for employment and tourism in the region.
Mountbellew Walled Garden County Galway
The extensive walled garden was once part of the Bellew Estate, and dates back to the Eighteenth Century. The high limestone walls of the garden stand over 7m high and enclose a large area. The gardens are owned by Coillte, and they have granted permission to the group to begin to conserve and manage the extensive gardens.
The Community: Mountbellew Heritage and Tourism Network
Mountbellew Heritage and Tourism Network was founded in 2011, and consists of more than 25 members. In 2011, the group achieved the restoration of the historic blacksmiths forge (adjacent to the Walled Garden). The forge has become a local museum and exhibition space, with many artefacts that relate to life in the past. Many of the objects have been donated by people in the locality, and include agricultural implements and even a wooden boat that dates to the medieval period! In 2014, the group raised the funds to erect a monument to local men who fought and died in the First World War. In 2016, the group again raised funds and erected a plaque in remembrance of the 1916 Easter Rising. Every year the group organise and run the ‘Bobby-Joe Horse Shoe Throwing Competition” a fun highlight of the year, and a continuance of a tradition that dates back to the 1600s in the region. The group also run a popular arts competition with the local National School. The group aim to conserve the Walled Garden and to eventually restore it to its original glory.
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