New Mossley makeover complete
Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014
The finishing touches have been made to our three-year long environmental makeover of the New Mossley estate in Newtownabbey.
We embarked on a major programme of environmental transformation in the area, at a total cost of £409,000, which started with the creation of a community garden in 2011 followed by the establishment of a wildflower area and enhancement of small woodlands in 2012.
That work has created a variety of habitats, formal, informal, bio diverse, resulting in an increase of fauna and flora whilst aesthetically enhancing the environment within the estate.
Almost 800 trees and over 5000 shrubs have been planted and close to one hectare of wildflower meadow sown, as well as planting and clean-ups around the estate.
Two further schemes entailed the removal of raised brick planters, erection of bow top railings, tree and shrub planting, bulb planting and conversion of planted areas to formal grass.
Over the last few weeks, flower beds were created and flowers planted around the estate in the last stage of the project.
A variety of bulbs were given over to Earlview Primary School on the estate after pupils helped the grounds team with some of the planting. It is hoped that a further small planting project with the school will take place in the coming planting season.
Andrew Twigg, our Neighbourhood officer, said: “I am delighted that we have been involved in a project that has completely transformed the visual appearance of the New Mossley estate.
“All of the community, young and old, will be able to enjoy their surroundings and feel a sense of renewed pride in their area.”
Claire McCleave, Chair of the New Mossley community group, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Housing Executive for undertaking this major project.
“It really will make a big difference, not just for the residents but also the wider community, as the difference will be visible to anyone walking or driving in the area. We are delighted with the results and it has helped create a sense of civic pride.”
Ronnie McCreanor, our Grounds Manager, added: “The completion of the scheme has been the result of many people actively supporting the programme. The result is a landscape environment which future generations can enjoy.”