Skip to content

Bonfire site transformed

Published: Tue, 24 Mar 2015
Share |
Children Daryl Gilmore, Ruby Wilson, Courtney Gilmore & Darcey Smith with Susanne Campbell and Lyndsay Graham, NIHE's Ronnie McCreanor, Colin Baker, Chris Davis & landscape architect, Barry Craig.
Castlemara growing space
Into a community growing space
A former bonfire site on the Castlemara estate has been transformed into a growing space, which all of the community can enjoy.
We have invested almost £20,000 to create the area after being approached by the local community group.
The site, which is located in the centre of the estate, has ground-level growing plots for both the young and able bodied with raised growing spaces for the disabled or elderly residents with mobility issues.
A selection of herbs, fruit bushes and trees have been planted and the area also has a picnic table and seats so residents can enjoy the long summer days.
Susanne Campbell, Chair of Castlemara Community Association, said:
“The growing space will be available for all the community to use. We are planning to grow vegetables, including onions, carrots, runner beans and strawberries, which the community can use.
“The community will look after the garden and benefit from the produce we grow. It will also be a good place for older people to socialise, somewhere they can potter about during the day and tend to the vegetables.
“We are delighted with the work. The Housing Executive and the Landscape Centre have done a brilliant job here,” added Susanne.
Ronnie McCreanor, our Grounds Manager, said:
“We are delighted to have provided this fantastic asset for the community to have on its doorstep. It will offer an opportunity for people to get involved with growing food and connecting with their community.”