The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) through its on-going Community Engagement activities in partnership with NIHG welcomed back gardening enthusiasts from Omagh and Fermanagh for the installation of ‘Bogwood’ sculptures from 3000 year old forests sourced in An Creagán Omagh, Co Tyrone.
The ‘Bogwood’ sculptures have recently been installed to add interest along the pathway at the back of the South West Acute Hospital where edible fruit trees have also been planted by as part of this community project.
Clients from New Horizons in Fermanagh took part in the work.
Explaining how the ‘Bogwood’ Sculptures came into fruition Peter Brown, Environmental Artist at An Creagán who facilitated the workshops said: “Bogwood has an inexplicable appeal – knowing that it has been lying deep in the peat for over 3000 years, preserved by the acidic moss as a relic of our once forested landscape makes the process of cleaning, cutting and polishing very special indeed. Participants came from across Omagh and Fermanagh to engage in this process over a period of four weeks and the striking results reflect the personal devotion that each person gave to their work.”
John Donaghy, An Creagán Centre Manager concluded: “We are delighted to be involved in such an important community engagement project which has contributed to the development of the Art Trail at the South West Acute Hospital. We hope patients, staff and visitors will enjoy the bogwood sculptures and the variety of trees and shrubs which have already been planted at the hospital.”