Thermal Village Gardener | Life at Galgorm
A Haven Of Outdoor Tranquility
One year on, almost to the very week, of the unveiling of the Thermal Spa Village at Galgorm, we are delighted to announce we are finalists in the category of ‘Best Outdoor Space’ at The Good Spa Guide Awards! We are all delighted - none more-so than Carmel Metrustry, the lady behind those beautifully manicured flower beds.
To celebrate this news, we caught up with Carmel to shine a light on her work to find out more on her typical day at Galgorm. She has even provided us with some insight into what you can expect to see on your next visit! Without further ado…
What is the best part of your job?
I am very fortunate to be part of a great team, doing a job I love, in a stunning location. The best part of my job is getting to nurture so many beautiful and often unusual plants. There are some very distinctive trees planted in the Thermal Village, with my favourite being an exceptional 400-year old olive. The garden itself is still young, so it is exciting to watch the flowers and shrubs mature and to plan how to make it even better in the future.
What is the best feature in the Thermal Village?
The Thermal Village has excellent views from every aspect and can be enjoyed whatever the weather. The River Maine naturally enhances the outdoor space as do the many large flower beds, which are bursting with colour and interest all year round. My favourite feature in the Thermal Village is the River House. Being glazed on all sides, you can sit and relax here, immersed in beautiful views of the river and garden.
What wildlife would you expect to see roaming the grounds at Galgorm?
The garden is very nature-friendly, with an abundance of resident wildlife. On the river, you can watch heron fishing and see kingfishers and families of ducks. A few months ago, we rescued and re-homed a duckling, left behind after hatching on the river bank. In the garden you will see many types of birds, with robins always close by, hoping I dig up some worms. It is also home to a few families of rabbits. They are quite tame and can be spotted throughout the garden, very often sampling my flowers!
If you love the Thermal Village as much as we do, we would be thrilled to have your vote for The Good Spa Guide Awards. You can vote for Galgorm here