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South Belfast's Urban Jungle blooms

Published: Mon, 18 Apr 2016
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Our South and East Belfast Area Manager Gary Ballantyne (left) joins Greater Village Regeneration Trust’s Melissa Lynas (second left) and Aimee and Ethan from Donegall Road Primary School to unveil the school’s new Urban Jungle art installation.
Urban Jungle blooms
Children at a South Belfast Primary School are enjoying a brand new ‘Urban Jungle’, thanks to us.
An amazing new mural, flower beds and bird boxes have been installed at Donegall Road Primary School after a successful funding application to our Community Grant Fund.
£3,500 was spent creating the wonderful installation, which sits on vacant industrial property facing the school gates.
Unveiled on Friday, local artist Tim McCarthy helped bring the development to life and the mural features animals native to the area, which were originally painted by the schoolchildren.
Our South and East Belfast Area Manager, Gary Ballantyne, said:
“I was very impressed with the artwork on this new installation and it was very enlightening to learn just how many animals are in our local habitats, despite the urban setting.
Ethan and Aimee, pupils at Donegall Road Primary School, get their hands dirty planting flowers at their new Urban Jungle installation.
Green fingers
“It was an honour for me to be given the duty of placing the last flower in the new flower beds, along with my helpers Aimee and Ethan from Donegall Road Primary School.
“It was also great to hear the artist Tim McCarthy will be maintaining his links with the school beyond this project – long term relationships pay great dividends over time”.
Melissa Lynas from the Greater Village Regeneration Trust said:
“A lot of hard work has gone into bringing this Urban Jungle installation to life and credit goes to Michelle Johnston and her team at Donegall Road Primary School.
“They inspired the schoolchildren to take part and the results are here for all to see – it’s a wonderful addition to the environment of the Village and Donegall Road and it will be a talking point for years to come.”