Garden project sowing the seeds of community spirit in Holywood

Green-fingered residents from the Redburn and Loughview areas will be able to indulge their love of the outdoors following the opening of a new Community Garden project in Holywood.

Garden project sowing the seeds of community spirit in Holywood

The ‘Sowing Seeds’ shared spaced initiative has been supported by the EU PEACE III funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) programme in conjunction with the Housing Executive, the Health and Public Agency, Palace Barracks, Crown Paint, Hendersons and B&Q.

Speaking at the opening, Linda Sims, Chair of Redburn Loughview Community Forum said the garden will be a real boost to the local area.

“We are delighted to unveil this Shared Community Garden and look forward to welcoming everyone to it.

“The bric Programme has played a hugely positive role in cultivating and building community spirit in the area and this project is yet another stage in cementing these relationships further.

“I would like to pay tribute to everyone who has worked so hard to make the beautiful garden possible and would encourage everyone in the area to avail of it.

Kerry McIvor, bric Programme Manager, said the Community Garden is one of a series of initiatives aimed at building good relations within communities.

“Maximising community spirit and good relations are central to the work and projects of the bric Programme.

“The Community Garden is a very relaxing and eye-catching addition to the area and is just part of the work being carried out by the BRIC programme throughout Northern Ireland as part of our mission to improve and build community relations across the country.

“This is now the third year of the bric Programme and in that time we have worked closely with the Housing Executive and have been able to assist 88 groups with support for initiatives like this, hands-on training and practical advice, all aimed at building better relations in local communities.”

Raj Thompson, Housing Executive Good Relations Officer, said:

“The support of the bric Programme and the hard work of the local Community Forum have been invaluable in making this project such a huge success.

“The Housing Executive is delighted to be involved with the bric Programme and the invaluable work it does to help empower local communities to achieve their goals of creating neighbourliness and inclusiveness in all aspects of community life.

“The Community Garden was a multi-agency scheme and would not have been possible without the support of all of these organisations and bodies. The tireless work of bric, the Housing Executive and the Community Forum has really paid off with this project and I wish it every success for the future.”