Mourne Heritage Trust

Restoration of Tollymore Follies

Funded by

Mourne Mountains Landscape Partnership (Heritage Lottery Fund)
NI Rural Development Programme (via the DRAP Local Action Group)

Completed

October 2014

Project Description

Tollymore Forest Park, located just outside Newcastle in Co Down, boasts a number of unusual and quirky structures, some of which have been in existence since the early 1700s. A total of 15 of these structures, or follies, have recently been restored as part of the Landscape Partnership programme that is being delivered by the Mourne Heritage Trust. The programme, which is funded primarily by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to preserve the rich cultural, natural and built heritage of the area so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.

A detailed restoration project involved the use of traditional materials and skills to bring the structures back to their former glory. Many were covered in vegetation which was displacing the pointing or mortar that was helping to keep them securely in place and therefore sensitive intervention was required to address these issues before the structures began to crumble into a state that rendered them beyond repair.

The project also involved providing interpretation at 6 of the more significant or historic structures, providing visitors to the park with information that will assist the visitor to appreciate what life would have been like hundreds of year ago, prior to becoming a forest park.
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