Location: Newcastle, County Down

Tollymore Forest Park, located just outside Newcastle in County Down, boasts a number of unusual and quirky structures, some of which have been in existence since the early 1700s. The Practice, working with the Mourne Heritage Trust restored a total of 15 of these structures or follies through a Landscape Partnership programme funded primarily by the Heritage Lottery Fund with the aim of preserving the rich cultural, natural and built heritage of the area to be enjoyed by future generations.

We designed and oversaw a detailed restoration project which involved the use of traditional materials and skills to bring the structures back to their former glory. Many were covered in vegetation which was displacing the pointing or mortar that was helping to keep them securely in place. Sensitive intervention was required to address these issues before the structures began to crumble into a state that rendered them beyond repair.

The project also involved providing interpretation at 6 of the more significant or historic structures, offering visitors to the park information that will allow them to appreciate what life would have been like hundreds of years ago, prior to becoming a forest park.