A local resident recently contacted me about the labels on the wide range of trees within Castle Park, Bangor. This resident informed me that a number of trees within Castle Park Arboretum no longer have any labels. I was disappointed to learn about this development as someone who enjoyed a Tour of Castle Park in 2008 and, with my partner, eagerly visits arboretums across Ireland such as the National Arboretum within Annesley Gardens, Castlewellan and the Arboretum at the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin.
Castle Park Arboretum was purchased by Bangor Borough Council in 1941 from the Ward Family and contains a wide range of trees including mature conifers and deciduous trees. It is also adjacent to the recently refurbished Bangor Castle Walled Garden which dates back to the 1840s. After contacting North Down Borough Council it is apparent that they intend to renew the labelling from Summer 2010 onwards working alongside interested parties and volunteers. I also understand that North Down Borough Council intend use the labelling exercise to create a more accurate inventory of the arboretum.
I warmly welcome the news that North Down Borough Council intend to undertake this programme of work. Often the best Tourist attractions are on our own doorstep. The work to be undertaken by North Down Borough Council will make visits to the Arboretum more attractive and improve another jewel in North Down’s crown for everyone to enjoy.
18 March 2010