Westmeath Community Development in association with SOLAS and Westmeath County Council provides some of the best facilities for students to practice horticultural excellence in the beautiful setting of Belvedere House, Gardens & Park.
Level 5 Horticulture Students: Back Row (L-R) Ross Sweeney. George Smyth, Sean Mullen, Martina Scally, Rimantas Plauska, Ger Pegman, Darren Lynch, Gareth Robinson, Bill Nally, Vincent McLaughlin, Adam Lawton Front Row (L-R) John Bastic, Gerry Kelly, Anne-Marie Fleming, Martin Duggan
Last year saw the students appeared in Dermot O’Neill’s Secret Garden, when they worked alongside the celebrity garden expert.
This year the student’s focus has been geared to developing parts of the Belvedere estate, most notably the Victorian Walled Garden and the landscaping of some of the banked areas towards the main entrance.
They have also engaged in the creation of a seed bank just like that at Kew Gardens in the UK. Seeds collected from mother stock all over the estate have been stored using methods which mimic nature’s dormancy. Each species has a unique set of instructions which requires logging and labelling for scientific purposes. The idea behind this is to create enough stock to replace the trees and shrubs of this great estate.