Northern Ireland's One World Garden celebrates cultures across the globe

Trees, plants and shrubs representing different cultural groups from around the world radiate from a garden designed to encourage exploration and relaxation.

The One World Garden was last week opened in the town of Whitehead in Northern Ireland.

Designer Barbara Kelso developed a vision for the multi-cultural community garden in the town's Whitehead Recreation Grounds, aiming to bring together people of different ages, races and local and international cultures.

Kelso explained: "The entire garden is circular in shape, symbolising the world, and is divided into six sections of planting beds, which have an array of plants representing each continent, apart from Antarctica.

"Posts placed on the outer boundary of each bed in a 'wave effect' create the oceans and seas of the world."

Kelso's design has pathways leading to the centre of the garden, giving way to a sitting area, and hard paving areas that allow access for wheelchair users.

"The seating area allows people from the entire community to meet together - to sit, relax and socialise with each other," she explained.

"The paving has been laid in a circular pattern, flowing around the area, encouraging people to explore the entire garden."

The garden was opened on 5 September by chairman of local authority Carrickfergus Borough Council's Parks Committee Alderman May Beattie.

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