We can’t wait to see this project come to life.
Garden designer Peter Dowdall has been enlisted by The VQ to deliver stunning new green gateways at both ends of MacCurtain Street.
The “Chelsea showstopper of a garden” will be made using carefully chosen living plants, and will be completed by November this year with support from Cork City Council’s Placemaking Fund.
At Trinity Church, situated at the eastern gateway of MacCurtain Street, a mesmerising display of horticulture will be established within the church grounds, serving as a visual welcome to those entering MacCurtain Street from Kent Station and up to the thriving St. Luke’s area via Summerhill North.
Showcasing the vibrant spirit of the street, this transformation will mark an extension of the MacCurtain Street public realm works.
A strategic repurposing of approximately 18 planters currently situated along Coburg Street, Leitrim Street, and Pine Street into five bigger clusters will also take place.
These planters will be thoughtfully rejuvenated by Peter Dowdall, who will introduce robust, pollinator-friendly small trees and evergreen plants, including ivy.
“I am delighted to see this investment in such an important part of Cork City,” said Dowdall.
“It illustrates the acceptance of embracing nature and the green environment in our towns and cities as a critical step forward. This will make a part of Cork City more beautiful and in turn, Mother Nature will improve the quality of life for those who live, work and visit here.”