J3372 : The tropical ravine, Botanic Gardens, Belfast (December 2014)

taken 10 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

The tropical ravine, Botanic Gardens, Belfast (December 2014)
The tropical ravine, Botanic Gardens, Belfast (December 2014)
The tropical ravine before renovation work starts. The Belfast City Council website notes: “Before the work starts on the Tropical Ravine, many of the plants will be moved into the Palm House or rehomed to other ferneries. The large specimens that we can’t shift will be covered and protected from reconstruction work and the cold. Some of the plants are very valuable - the tree ferns are estimated to be over 150 years old . . . . . The new look ravine will take a step back to how the Victorians designed the original building back in 1887 with old features reinstated and unique details preserved. The ravine will be split over two levels with an open reception area on the ground floor next to the lily pond. The building will be modernised so that it’s more energy efficient. The red bricked walls and window sills will be restored, pathways will be slightly widened and new triple glazed windows will be installed to retain heat”.
The tropical ravine, Botanic Gardens, Belfast

“The Tropical Ravine contains some of the oldest seed plants around today, as well as banana, cinnamon, bromeliad and orchid plants. It was built in 1889 by the park's head gardener, Charles McKimm, and his staff.
Like the Palm House, it shows how technology allowed gardeners to cultivate unusual species in a greenhouse environment. Features of interest include a plant-filled sunken glen, flowering vines, tree ferns and leaf silhouettes” (Belfast City Council website). According to a Heritage Lottery Fund press release issued on 29 November 2013: “The exciting project has received a £2.3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to safeguard the future of the Tropical Ravine House and its significant plant collection.
Belfast City Council, which owns the building, will also contribute £1.5m, as part of its Investment Programme for the city, along with a generous contribution from the Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens, bringing the overall value of the refurbishment up to £4m.”

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Date Taken
Sunday, 28 December, 2014   (more nearby)
Monday, 29 December, 2014
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Construction, Development 
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Irish: geotagged! J 336 724 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:34.9488N 5:56.0630W
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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