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Garden of Hope for Children’s Hospice

Published: Mon, 17 Nov 2014
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Students from Hazlewood Integrated Primary School
Garden of Hope - White City
A new Garden of Hope is being launched today in Kernan Drive, North Belfast, with the help of one of our dedicated neighbourhood officers.
Trudi Talib, our Neighbourhood Officer in North Belfast, has strong community links in the area and also works with the Residents Association in White City.  As a voluntary worker for the Children’s Hospice, Trudi thought it would be a great idea to create a Garden of Hope for the residents in the area, as well as raise much needed funds for the Hospice.  She contacted our Grounds Maintenance Manager for Belfast, Malachy Brennan, about the idea, who was only too glad to be able to help with this worthy cause.
We allocated and prepared a section of amenity land at Kernan Drive in the White City area of North Belfast.  Children from Hazelwood Integrated Primary School, along with the Children’s Hospice, Greater Whitewell Community Surgery and local residents, to name a few, helped plant some 10,000 daffodil bulbs on Thursday morning.
The Grounds Maintenance Supervisor for the area, Stephen Lowry, has worked closely with Trudi on this project, and was impressed by Trudi’s dedication to both her work, and her voluntary efforts with the Children’s Hospice.  He said:
“The Housing Executive is always keen to develop communities through its neighbourhood relations and open spaces.  It’s great to see an idea by a member of staff being taken forward so enthusiastically by the local community.  The Garden of Hope will not only provide a learning experience for the local school children, but give local residents the opportunity to get involved and benefit from the display of flowering bulbs in the spring time.  It is also a great opportunity to raise much needed funds for the local Children’s Hospice - win win all round!”