Cooil y Ree Gardens

Type:Parkland / Woodland Garden

Cooil y Ree Gardens

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Cooill y Ree, which translates as Nook of the King, is situated to the west of Tynwald Hill and was opened on 5 July 2001 by the then President of Tynwald, the late Sir Charles Kerruish OBE LLD(hc) CP.

The inspiration for this park was taken from the history of the Isle of Man, starting with the earliest cultures of the Celts and Vikings, then moving forward and looking to the future. The Avenue of Time is the main axis through the park. It runs east to west and continues the line started at the St John's chapel and moving towards Tynwald Hill (also known as the Processional Way). This line represents the first Millennium and ends at a viewing platform.

The best way to view the park is from the viewing platform next to Tynwald Hill, which overlooks the park from an elevated position. From the viewing platform, you can also look back to see the Tynwald Hill flagpole and glimpse the spire of St John's Church towards the east. To the west, the Avenue of Time stretches out to the Millennium Point and finally to the Circle of Infinity. Symbolically this axis represents the Island's long history and its links to many countries beyond the Irish Sea.

The park borders a wildlife sanctuary and seasonal wet area.

The natural vegetation is managed in such a way as to encourage a variety of wildlife such as butterflies, birds, lizards, as well as feeding bats. The common spotted orchid is present towards the east end of the site. These attractive white and deep pink flowers appear in August and can grow up to 2 feet in height. They are protected under the Wildlife Act 1990.

 

Glen Mooar Road, St John's, IM4 3BP

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