25 April 2016
Tenant’s from Fold Housing Association’s Saint Patrick’s in Ballymena have recently completed a community planting project which brought Saint Patrick’s Residents’ Association, Fold and Groundwork NI together to transform a piece of vacant ground within the neighbourhood into a small community garden.
The project which has been well received locally was funded through the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Live here, Love Here initiative. A people powered campaign focused on improving the local environment and building a sense of pride in local communities, Live Here, Love Here is supported by a number of local authorities to include Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
Robert Lorimer, Chairman of the Saint Patrick’s Residents’ Association said ‘’The project has been a great success and we hope to build upon this by undertaking more community led initiatives. I would like to thank everyone who turned out on the day, including volunteers from Fold Housing Association.’’
Bronagh O’Kane, Regeneration Manager, Fold Housing Association said ‘’It is very encouraging to see groups such as the St Patrick’s residents being proactive in shaping their community. The community planting project has brought people together in a positive setting that will benefit everyone by improving the quality of the local environment and strengthening community relations.”