A HIDDEN gem in the heart of Broadford village is to feature on national television in the Spring. The Broadford Arboretum, a thriving miniature habitat often overlooked by the passing eye, will be the subject of an upcoming episode of TG4’s gardening and wildlife programme, Garraí Glas.
The arboretum, which sits on the site of a previously derelict quarry opposite the local church, has remained a regular source of inspiration to local environmentalists and amateur gardeners alike.
Jim McNamara of the Dromcollogher Organic College said that over the past fifteen years the arboretum has become “an eco tourism gem in West Limerick”. Mr McNamara was speaking following another visit to the arboretum by environmentalist Ted Cooke, who carried out a talk and tour of the reserve.
Mr Cooke is a pioneer of the concept of ‘treestoration’, or using careful planting to reclaim derelict and disused pieces of land. The arboretum was originally the site of an old quarry that was left to the community by Lord Muskerry in the 19th century. However in time the site came to be used as a dump, and in response to the proposed development of the land in the 1990s, the local community turned the site into a small nature reserve,
Today it is now home to over 400 native species of trees, flora and fauna, and is a popular walking area for locals.