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£10k garden marks fresh start for Killowen

Published: Fri, 17 Jan 2014
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Work will start in the next few days in transforming an overgrown plot of land
Killowen Garden Magherafelt
A £10,000 windfall is set to regenerate the Killowen estate in Magherafelt as work gets underway to create a community garden.
Work will start in the next few days in transforming an overgrown plot of land on the estate, which has been handed over to the community association.The plot was cleared before Christmas by young people who undertook voluntary work in their community as part of the Prince’s Trust programme.
Seating will be provided for elderly residents, timber pergolas built, curved lawns created and trees planted to attract wildlife. Bird boxes and feeders will also be positioned on newly planted trees.
Michael Kelly, Chairman of Killowen Community Association, said: “We are delighted to have received this money from the Housing Executive to transform the area. The community garden will allow people to sit out and enjoy the garden and it will allow neighbours on the estate to socialise and to mix together.
“We don’t want to have a situation where older members of our community feel isolated so this is a great way to ensure that they can come out and relax in their surroundings with others.
“This garden will make a difference to everyday life on the estate. Aesthetically, the difference will be like night and day. It will represent a fresh start for the estate, said the Chairman of the newly formed association."
Margaret Kelly, the Manager in our Magherafelt office said: “It is refreshing to see such enthusiasm in the community. This group is doing all it can to ensure that the estate can be improved for all those who live there. There is a new sense of community spirit in Killowen which I hope will be sustained and encouraged by the provision of this welcoming space for everyone to enjoy.”