Grant helps Downpatrick go greener
Published: Thur, 17 Jul 2014
Young people and local community volunteers from Meadowlands, Marian Park, Lynn Doyle and Stream Street in Downpatrick have helped their area go greener by putting their interest in gardening to good use.
The green fingered enthusiasts were able to buy trees to help beautify their area thanks to a community grant from the Housing Executive which the Downpatrick Community Collective applied for earlier in the year.
A bright, sunny afternoon greeted all who participated as they got out their spades to start digging holes and planting trees.
Niall Fitzpatrick, the Housing Executive’s local Assistant Housing Services Manager, said, “We were so pleased to support this initiative from the Downpatrick Community Collective. It is great to have young people so involved in their area; projects like this give them a real sense of ownership of their community and help to show them the positive contribution they can make.
“We appreciated the support from the community volunteers who came to help the young people as well as the positive feedback from local residents.”
Ann Grant, the local Community Development Officer with County Down Rural Community Network, was delighted with the planting, echoing what Niall said. She added, "It was great to see the young peoples’ enthusiasm as they worked with the community volunteers. After the planting you could see they now have a real sense having made a positive difference to their area.
“On behalf of the Downpatrick Community Collective I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for their support of our greening project.”
The planting is part of a project by County Down Rural Community Network which Down Council has nominated for Pride of Place Award. Judging takes place later this year.