With links to Sir Walter Raleigh, Ballynatray is one of Southern Ireland’s most important estates still in private ownership. Situated on the River Blackwater, the current house dates back to the 18th Century. We were commissioned in the first instance to help restore and enhance the long-neglected gardens, pleasure grounds and parkland and also to assist in the creation and implementation of a landscape management strategy.
Together with Adam Architecture, designs were drawn up for the ten-acre walled gardens which had become completely overgrown after decades of neglect. The new schemes included an orangery, cascade, avenues, sculpture gardens, vegetable gardens and an arboretum, referencing the historical layout, which we uncovered through research and archeological ground surveys.
Planning permission for their implementation was granted after a two-year consultation process. An ongoing programme is in place to eradicate unwanted vegetation before any works can commence, although the arboretum has been planted.
A new ‘parterre de broderie’ has recently been designed and installed, together with a new parkland ha-ha, metal estate fencing and extensive tree planting.