Barretstown Children’s Charity Play Park

Barretstown Children’s Charity Play Park

We were honoured to be selected by Barretstown to design and construct their show garden at Bloom in 2014 and then to organise the transferral of this garden from Bloom to Barretstown itself.


Barrestown is a wonderful charity, originally set-up by the actor Paul Newman, which organises camps for children affected by serious illness at their premises in Kildare.


The design for the garden creates a magical, thought provoking and fun journey for all those who visit. An emphasis is placed on nature, interactive activities, and engagement of all the senses through colour, texture, mystery. At Bloom, subtle opportunities were presented to parents and family to engage with the garden and understand its true meaning, such as the artwork wall, which was created by visitors to the show. The window gives an actual and metaphorical view in to the garden; the castle walls reference the safe-haven that Barretstown is for the children who visit and stay there. The red door provides a mental imprint.


Ours was the only garden at Bloom to be open to the public and was fully wheel-chair accessible. The garden includes a range of interactive elements for families and children alike including a moongate and a sunken hideaway “hobbit-house” and we were delighted, on behalf of the charity, to receive the Peoples’ Favourite garden award from visitors to Bloom.


The entire garden was transferred and has been rebuilt as a permanent garden in the grounds of Barretstown and is being used as a recreational play garden by the campers. It was featured on RTÉ’s Nationwide programme in December 2014.

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Parks and Public Spaces, Places of Recovery