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Date is set for official launch of Harry Ferguson garden

Whiteabbey based artist John Sherlock makes the final changes to the Harry Ferguson sculpture before it goes to Dublin for bronzing. Overseeing the work is Chairman of Lisburn City Council's Economic Development Committee, Councillor Allan Ewart.

Whiteabbey based artist John Sherlock makes the final changes to the Harry Ferguson sculpture before it goes to Dublin for bronzing. Overseeing the work is Chairman of Lisburn City Council's Economic Development Committee, Councillor Allan Ewart.

A FITTING tribute to the founder of a worldwide tractor empire Harry Ferguson, will be held on August 16 at the official unveiling of a 160,000 garden in his name. The launch of the Harry Ferguson Commemorative Garden project will be held at his birthplace at Growell, Annahilt.

The garden has been funded by Lisburn City Council, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (European Union) and the Friends of Harry Ferguson Celebration Committee.

Chairman of Lisburn City Council's Economic Development Committee, Councillor Allan Ewart said:

"The official launch of the Harry Ferguson Commemorative Gardens coincides with the annual Harry Ferguson Working Day. "

ENTHUSIASTS

Each year at the Working Day tractor, enthusiasts from all across Ireland travel to display their tractors at the long field, where Harry Ferguson first took flight in his plane in 1909.

It is expected that over 700 tractors will be displayed at the official opening of the Harry Ferguson Commemorative Gardens.

"This is a fitting tribute to a great inventor and engineer who contributed so much to modern agriculture. The Council is delighted to support such a poignant memorial," Mr Ewart said.

In preparation for the official launch sculptor Mr John Sherlock, is developing a life-size bronze sculpture of the famous inventor which will become an integral part of the Commemorative Gardens.

The garden will also feature a car park, landscaped gardens, seating and information boards.

Harry Ferguson was born in 1884 in Annahilt and founder of what became a worldwide tractor empire and had a rare combination of engineer, businessman and visionary.

Ulster Star
04/07/2008