Castlefinn Partnership awarded funding for White House garden project

Plans to develop identical walled gardens in the White House and Castlefinn have moved a step closer this week with confirmation of a grant of €180,000 for the Castlefinn Partnership Initiative Limited.

The partnership has been working with gardener Diarmuid Gavin for a number of years, and during a visit to the Northwest Garden Show in May, he unveiled plans for the garden.

According to Junior Minister Dinny Mc Ginley, the funding from the Rural Development Programme's Tourism Encouragement programme will be used to develop a walled garden in Castlefinn by Diarmuid Gavin.

The Castlefinn Garden will be identical to a garden planned to be built in the grounds of the White House by Mr Gavin.  Minister Mc Ginley says this garden will add to the facilities that are already available at Castlefinn and the White House link will add significantly to the attraction of the location, for local residents and visitors alike.

He's paid tribute to the Castlefinn Partnership for their vision and commitment to this project, and is encouraging the board of the Donegal Local Development Company to give their final approval to this project so that funding can flow and work commence as soon as possible.”

Preparatory work on the garden is already underway, with plans unveiled by Diarmuid Gavin during the Northwest Garden Show in May of this year.