Gardener’s World star Cherrie McIlwaine to launch new nursery at Springhill during Garden Fete

The new Drying Yard nursery at Springhill, Moneymore is being launched this Saturday
The new Drying Yard nursery at Springhill, Moneymore is being launched this Saturday
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Moneymore’s Springhill estate is to be transformed this weekend as it opens its doors to the public for a special summer Garden Fete.

Plants that have been grown on the grounds will be available to buy for the first time ever from its new nursery.

A new educational programme is being launched at Spring Hill estate, Moneymore

A new educational programme is being launched at Spring Hill estate, Moneymore

Cherrie McIlwaine from BBC’s Gardener’s Corner will be on hand on Saturday to officially launch the house’s new Drying Yard nursery, while house, gardens and allotments will all be open for visitor tours with ranger, Sophie Atkinson.

Little ones with an interest in the great outdoors will get the chance to build a bug hotel, join in workshops about where their food comes from, make mud pies, set up a snail race and try pond dipping on Saturday and Sunday between 11am-4pm.

And for grown-ups who also like to learn something new, there will be woodworking, willow, straw-craft and cutting demonstrations as well as wildlife gardening tips and a Bonsai exhibition.

Mid Ulster Bee Keepers will also be on hand to talk to anyone with an interest in cultivating the all-important pollinators.

Spring Hill, Moneymore

Spring Hill, Moneymore

A spokesperson for the National Trust, which manages Springhill has promised a fun-filled weekend with something for everyone.

She told the Mail the nursery has been in development for the past two years with the help of local volunteers.

Keen to get others involved, she added that there are still opportunities to join the team - just put yourself forward.

“Come along and see the results of months of hard work and dedication from volunteers and staff and take the chance to purchase plants specially grown from original shrubs and trees across the historic site,” she said.

“There will be garden themed stalls and we will have our own pop-ups, it’s normal admission members free, adults £5.50, children £3.50 and families £13.50. Under fives get in free.”

Visitors will also get the chance to appreciate the work of Springhill gardener, John Boyle, who has been tending the estate’s roses, flower beds and greens for 23 years.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/springhill for more details on the event.