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Co Antrim’s majestic Coronation Garden opens to the public

The Coronation Garden, Hazelbank Park, County Antrim

County Antrim's spectacular Coronation Garden is now open for the public to freely enjoy after being officially opened by Their Majesties King Charles and Queen Camilla earlier this week on Wednesday (24 May),

Located at Hazelbank Park in Newtownabbey, the Coronation Garden is 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. The ornate three floor pavilion topped by a crown, and a mirror ball will treat visitors to a musical performance of dancing topiary and spinning conical trees every fifteen minutes.

The show-stopping garden was commissioned by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and designed by Diarmuid Gavin to commemorate the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla. The spectacle of the 'all-singing all-dancing' trees is a feat that is sure to become a local attraction for visitors from near and far.

The Coronation Garden, Hazelbank Park, County Antrim

Garden designer Diarmuid Gavin commented:

“This has been a job in a lifetime, this garden is whimsical, a place that suspends belief, a place that will make people smile.

“I am so honoured and thankful to the Council for the opportunity to create something so magnificent. Their forward thinking and desire to create a more sustainable environment for the future and their ambitious plans for a Botanical Borough is a great example of their civic leadership.”

The Coronation Garden, Hazelbank Park, County Antrim

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman Stephen Ross was there to welcome the first visitors to the Garden. He said:


“This exclusive Coronation Garden will draw visitors from far and wide to our Borough.


“It gives me great pleasure to see first-hand the reaction of the visitors, they are enthralled by its beauty and uniqueness. I am extremely proud that the Council has created something as spectacular as the Coronation Garden, a fitting legacy to King Charles and Queen Camilla.”


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