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ANBCouncil unveils exciting plans for Coronation Garden ‘fit for a King’ in Co Antrim

Updated: May 7, 2023


Plans for an exquisite Coronation Garden, designed by Diarmuid Gavin to commemorate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, have been unveiled by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, as they welcome £100K support from the UK Government Levelling-Up Fund.


The Mayor Alderman Stephen Ross, recently joined the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim Mr David McCorkell KStJ, Elected Members and renowned garden designer Diarmuid Gavin for the cutting of the first sod.


The Coronation Garden will be a spectacle to behold, a floral tapestry with classical architecture style, planted in a pollinator friendly and sustainable way reflecting some of the great loves of His Royal Highness King Charles III. An ornate three floor pavilion topped by a crown, this magnificent Coronation Garden will treat visitors to a musical performance of dancing topiary and spinning conical trees every fifteen minutes.

Mayor Alderman Stephen Ross, Lord-Lieutenant Mr David McCorkell , Diarmuid Gavin.


Located in the beautiful setting of Hazelbank Park, just off the M5 at the start of the Causeway Coastal route, this whimsical and majestic new installation will draw visitors from far and wide to be mesmerized by its beauty and uniqueness.


King Charles III has spent a lifetime promoting gardening and care for the environment having developed his own beautiful garden using sustainable methods, this specially commissioned Coronation Garden will adopt the same principles.


His Majesty The King already has strong ties with the Borough when as Prince of Wales he officially opened the Council’s Civic Headquarters - Mossley Mill on 13 June 2000.


The Mayor Alderman Stephen Ross said:

“The Council is extremely proud to be creating something truly magnificent to mark the momentous occasion of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, the first coronation to take place in over 70 years.


"The Coronation Garden in Hazelbank Park will be a fitting legacy to King Charles III and will attract visitors from near and far. I welcome the funding the Council has received from the UK Levelling-Up Fund which will help support this stunning architectural masterpiece unique to our Borough."


Diarmuid Gavin is honoured to have been appointed by the Council to deliver this special Coronation project which will not only be a lasting legacy of this momentous occasion but enchant and enthral visitors of all ages for years to come. He said:

“It has been planned as a garden which makes Antrim and Newtownabbey residents proud and one which attracts visitors from the Borough and beyond”.


The Coronation Garden will be officially opened on Saturday 6 May as part of the Council’s commemorative programme.


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