Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Residents on the Boucher Road get a better view thanks to pupils planting of shrubs and flowers

Primary 4 pupils from Donegall Road Primary School who planted1,235 different shrubs and flowers on the Boucher Road.

Residents and visitors to the Boucher Road in south Belfast now have a 'blooming' good view thanks to an environmental project by the Housing Executive and children from Donegall Road Primary School.

The Housing Executive owned site, which is located at the Donegall Road end of the Boucher Road and is roughly the size of two tennis courts, has been transformed into a sea of colour with help from Primary 4 pupils from Donegall Road Primary School who planted1,235 different shrubs and flowers.

Malachy Brennan, the Housing Executive's Grounds Maintenance Manager in Belfast said: "The Housing Executive in Belfast is responsible for the upkeep of land in and around its estates.

"This is a task that can go unnoticed, however, we believe that sites like this, which on many occasions are the first thing people see, provide us with an excellent opportunity to enhance the physical environment of an entire area.

"We are particularly pleased when local communities get involved in improving their own areas.

"I have to say that the children's enthusiasm was second to none and as well as the sense of achievement they got through the actual planting process they also have a very tangible and colourful reminder of their good work."

The children were excited to be part of the project, which ties in nicely with the aims of the School's Eco Committee. Donegall Road Primary School teacher Mr Loughlin explains: "Projects like this are great for the children.

"Not only are they a welcome break from their normal class routine but they help them realise that they can make a real impact in their own community.

"The flowers have certainly brightened up the area and we very much look forward to working with the Housing Executive on similar projects in the future as the children really enjoyed it and indeed are still talking about it."

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