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Carrickfergus estate hoping to return to glory days

Published: Wed, 26 Mar 2014
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Windmill and Minorca Drive residents at a recent community event
A Carrickfergus community group is hoping to return to the glory days of having a best kept estate after securing £1000 funding.
Windmill and Minorca Drive Residents Association has been awarded one of our community grants to help purchase equipment to tidy up gardens and plant out areas on the estate. They are also hoping to erect flower baskets.
The project is aimed at promoting volunteering and regaining a sense of pride in the area.
In 1998, the area was named ‘Best Kept Estate’ and Chairman of the group, Jim Wightman, said he would love for the area to regain its status. So much so that he has enlisted the help of multi-award winning gardener and resident, Annette Keith. Annette has won the Carrick in Bloom award on several occasions.
Jim Wightman, said litter picks and clean-up days are planned and it’s hoped that those will improve inter-generational relationships as well as helping residents who are unable to look after their own gardens.
“We want to make sure that the community buys into the estate clean-up. The equipment will enable us to cut and tend the gardens of those who don’t have the physical capability.
“We want to instil a sense of community spirit in the area and get the young people involved to help us out.”
Our manager in Carrickfergus, Philip Wightman, said: “We are delighted to be able to help fund the environmental tidy-up through our community grants scheme and I look forward to seeing the fruits of the group’s labour throughout spring and summer.”