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Greenfingers in Ballysally

Published: Fri, 22 Aug 2014
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The Growing Project was funded by our Community Grants scheme
Ballysally Growing Project
Growing project blossoms from vacant ground to a community garden.
Residents in Ballysally have developed their growing project into a creative and productive garden to be proud of!
The Growing Project, funded by our Community Grants scheme to the tune of £4350, took a two pronged approach of training staff and volunteers of the estate’s Healthy Eating Café as well as equipping residents, young and old, with the skills needed to grow their own produce.
The result has been a community garden which is now providing  a range of healthy vegetables and seasonal flowers.
Adrian Eakin, Treasurer of Building Ballysally Together, said: “Aside from the immediate improvement of the area, residents are already benefitting from the project. People of all ages have been keen to get involved, and new skills are being learned. We are very grateful to the Housing Executive for their support in getting this off the ground.
“This is a good start, and we are committed to continuing our work, developing our project and involving residents in this social economy project for the benefit of the Ballysally community.”
Mark Alexander, the Area Manager for Causeway, said:  “We were delighted with the success of the Growing Project and I would congratulate all involved. This has not come about without a lot of hard work and commitment. This is a significant achievement.  
“We consider social economy projects are a vital aspect of creating and sustaining communities. We would hope this project will serve to inspire others groups and estates within the Causeway area.”