Fofanny Water Treatment works, County Antrim
LocationCounty: County Down
Nearest town or settlement: Newcastle
Contact detailsContact name: Mark Bryson
Tel: 028 44 881227
Website: Presentation on the work of Ecoseeds, including this project, on the IEEM website
PartnersMcIlwaine Landscape Architects Farrans Construction , Water Service
Project descriptionIn an AONB in the Mourne Mountains the Water Service built an underground water treatment facility, topped with a concrete roof at ground level. The task was to minimise the long-term visual impact on the surrounding environment by covering the concrete roof with indigenous soil and vegetation (mainly heathers) to make it invisible from as many viewpoints as possible. Local seed was collected and growth trials carried out, in partnership with Greenmount Agricultural College, using a range of variables in 18 test plots. Ecoseeds subsequently devised a recommended planting solution from the results of these tests.