Culmore Country Park
Culmore Country Park lies approximately 2km from Muff on the outskirts of Derry. The park opened to the public in November 2016 after a £7 million restoration of a former landfill site. It covers the size of nearly 40 football pitches and has been transformed into valuable green space for local people and visitors to wander around its pathways. It has also created a great habitat for over-wintering birds
The views from the Culmore Country Park are fantastic, with the hills of Donegal on the west and to the east Lough Foyle and Binevenagh in the distance.
Originally the site was tidal and consisted of mudflats. In the late 19th century it was reclaimed for agricultural use but later returned to tidal mudflats after the sea defences were breached during a storm. In 1971 the site was developed as a landfill site for the city of Derry and operated as such for 36 years, closing in March 1971.
The Council decided to restore the site to reduce its impact on Lough Foyle. This involved the capping of the site with over half a million tonnes of soil. The gas from the landfill underneath is trapped and collected and used to generate electricity to operate the park and a local wastewater treatment plant.
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