Diversity Garden Project
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Good Relations, supported by the Biodiversity Team and guided by the Conservation Volunteers, facilitated the creation of a unique Diversity Garden in St. Julian’s Park, Omagh.
A group of enthusiastic volunteers from various ethnic backgrounds and from across the District came together throughout 2021 to plant a wide selection of plants, trees and flower bulbs in the newest Council Park. During National Tree Week in November, the dedicated volunteers planted trees, symbolic with their cultures, and embraced diversity, both biodiversity through the variety of species and cultural diversity through the different nationalities involved.
The Diversity Garden was officially opened by the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Errol Thompson, on 21 May 2022, marking International Day of Cultural Diversity in a tangible and meaningful way. The event included colourful intercultural celebrations.
This young wood of mixed trees is not only vital in the fight against climate change and the support for local wildlife, but it is also a lasting legacy of the cultural diversity that exists locally. It is a testimony to the Council’s commitment to promoting a welcoming, shared and inclusive District where everybody belongs and where a greater involvement of people of all backgrounds and ethnicities in the civic and public life is encouraged.
Further enhancement work is being planned for the Diversity Garden for 2022, including the burial of a special time capsule to be opened in 100 years.
For information on how you can get involved in this project, contact the Good Relations team on 0300 303 1777 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.