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Top garden award for Turlough Park at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

Prestigious Green Flag Award recognises excellence in environmental and amenity standards

Peter Gill (first from left) and Noreen Hennigan (second from left), Mayo County Council, collect the Green Flag Award for Turlough Park

Turlough Park, the historic country estate and home of the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life branch in Co. Mayo, has won a prestigious Green Flag Award for parks and gardens.

This is the third time Turlough Park has been awarded a Green Flag, which is only given to parks and gardens that meet exceptionally high environmental and amenity standards. The award, administered in Ireland by An Taisce, is widely recognised as an international mark of quality for parks and green spaces.

Groundskeeper of Turlough Park, Noreen Hennigan, Mayo County Council, and parks superintendent for Mayo County Council, Peter Gill, attended the recent awards ceremony in Castletown Demesne, Kildare, to collect the Green Flag.

Turlough Park was the ancestral home of the Fitzgerald family until it became a site of the National Museum of Ireland in 2001. The extensive park is maintained by Mayo County Council and the OPW and includes woodland, parkland and Victorian gardens with a range of attractive features such as terraced lawns, a Victorian conservatory, a vinery, an ornamental lake and picnic islands.

Turlough Park, just outside Castlebar, Co. Mayo

The Green Flag Award programme is open to public town parks, country parks, gardens, cemetries and green spaces across Ireland, and 48 parks and gardens in total achieved the Green Flag Award in 2018.

The awards are judged each year by a peer jury of green space experts, who visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, and community involvement. 

Find out more about the gardens and parkland of Turlough Park