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Spade Work pays off for Constance Street residents

Published: Fri, 14 Mar 2014
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The work was completed with the help of local children
Residents in Constance Street in East Belfast now have a tree-mendous view courtesy of an environmental makeover with help from local children.
As part of the project, unsightly flag-stones and tarmac areas have been replaced with brand new grassed areas and brick paving. The children came on board to help the Housing Executive plant 14 new Pyrus Chanticleer trees.
Projects like this can have a major impact on areas as our Grounds Maintenance Manager for Belfast, Malachy Brennan, explains:
“The Housing Executive’s role is about much more than just improving housing conditions. It is about working with local communities to improve the physical environment of entire areas and you really can’t under estimate the impact that schemes like the one at Constance Street have in helping us achieve that objective.
“The fact that the local community has been involved in the project since its inception will ensure the long term success of the scheme, which has not only enhanced the physical appearance of the entire area but has also given children a more even surface to play on.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community and in particular the children involved for their support and enthusiasm – it really does make a difference.”
Explaining what the transformation means to the local community Gareth Beacom of Charter NI said:
“We were delighted to take part in the project, especially the children who, as you can see, really enjoyed the whole experience. The whole street just looks so much better and the trees are definitely a welcome addition.  It will be nice to look out of the window and know that we all played a part in that!”
The Landscape Centre carried out the work on our behalf.