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● Size About four acres in­clud­ing the for­mer Frame Yard where the kitchen gar­den is now

● Al­ti­tude Sea level—the gar­den it­self is only 400 yards from the sea

● Cli­mate The gar­den’s lo­ca­tion at the tail end of the Gulf­stream en­sures the cli­mate is rea­son­ably mild, with only the oc­ca­sional late frost to worry about. Rain­fall is heavy: at least 50in a year ‘as you can see from all that green’. The Walled Gar­den it­self is very pro­tected

● Soil Gen­er­ally al­ka­line rather than acid—the lime­stone quarry that was the source of stone for the gar­den walls is di­rectly be­hind the gar­den

● Spe­cial chal­lenges The chal­lenge has been to ren­o­vate the gar­den com­pletely. The Mc­don­nells have col­lab­o­rated closely with ex­perts over the years. Nigel Mar­shall, for­mer head gar­dener at Mount Ste­wart, Co Down, helped in­stall the first borders, land­scape de­signer Cather­ine Fitzger­ald cre­ated a scheme for the up­per part of the gar­den and Reg Maxwell, for­mer cu­ra­tor of the Belfast Botanic Gar­dens, vis­its the gar­den twice a month to ad­vise

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