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Ballymurphy/Whiterock roundabout all shrubbed up

Published: Tue, 19 May 2015
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After: Children from the local bunscoil help complete the transformation at the Ballymurphy roundabout.
Ballymurphy roundabout gm
The roundabout at the entrance to the Ballymurphy Estate on the Whiterock Road has had a makeover, thanks to us.
Members of the local community group contacted Paddy Kelly from our West Belfast office and Malachy Brennan from the Grounds Maintenance team about improving the appearance of the roundabout.
Taking the local community’s comments on board and, following extensive consultation, plans were drawn up and agreed. As part our programme of improvements for the area, work started on the roundabout on 24 April and the transformation was completed on 8 May.
The local Irish medium primary school, Bunscoil an tSleibhe Dhuibh were pleased to be asked to participate with the project to learn about the local environment and plants in their area. Once the plans were agreed, they were given a copy to display in the school, letting the children see how it was going to look when finished.
Our grounds supervisor, Stephen Lowry, was on hand at the roundabout last Friday (8 May) to tell the children all about the plants and shrubs, and how they benefit the local environment and wildlife. Stephen then gave a short gardening lesson and showed the children how to plant the final new shrubs.
The bunscoil principal, Pilib Misteil, was delighted the school was asked to be involved in the makeover. Local Councillor, Steven Corr, was also at the completion of the works. Pilib said:
“Projects like this are invaluable to children growing up in an urban city environment; we all had a great time learning about the plants and how to plant them. Some of the pupils live very close to the roundabout, and they will be able to see how the plants grow and the wildlife that are attracted to them. I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for including the bunscoil in this project.”
The improvement works are a boost to the local community, and the grounds contractor, the Landscape Centre completed the job quickly and to a high standard. Have a look at the transformation the next time you’re on the Whiterock Road – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Before: The roundabout works just starting in late April 2015.
Start of Ballymurphy roundabout