The Hunt Museum, as part of its ongoing promotion and awareness of biodiversity within the urban environment, began this wild garden project on 02 March 2015.
The name of our wild garden was chosen by the former Museum Director Dr Hugh Maguire and was inspired by the William Butler Yeats poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’. The green garden area to the front of the Museum Education and Community Wing was chosen to be a nurturing environment for the introduction of native wild plant species. When the project began it was envisaged that we use the garden not only to promote urban biodiversity but also as a feeding platform. Some endangered insects are struggling due to number depletion across Ireland and Europe. A honey bee colony was introduced to the garden environment for the purpose of foraging, plant pollination and the production of delicious honey. (Ireland’s honey bee population is in decline according to the National Apiculture Programme at the University of Limerick). The Hunt Museum is committed to the conservation and protection of Ireland’s native pollinator species and flora. Pollinator species are species of insects which help pollinate the many wild and cultivated species of plants, flowers and fruits throughout Ireland. According to the National Biodiversity Data Centre ‘To provide stable pollination services for our crops, crop wild relatives (potential future crops) and other wild plants, we need to maintain both wild and managed pollinators in the landscape’.