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Gardeners in running for £135,000 wild flower windfall

By Staff Reporter

Published 19/08/2015

The Scottish flagship project at Barrhead, where a disused sewage works has been transformed into a public space filled with wild flowers
The Scottish flagship project at Barrhead, where a disused sewage works has been transformed into a public space filled with wild flowers

Flower power is set to bloom across Northern Ireland as three garden projects compete for a cash windfall to grow the best wild flower garden in a scheme supported by Kew Gardens in London.

Proposals by gardeners in Belfast, Coleraine and in Londonderry are vying for the chance to get their green fingers on £135,000 in funding in a contest to be decided by a public vote.

Belfast City Council wants to create a City of Wildflowers, bringing beautiful natural colour to a series of high-profile sites across Belfast. It will help to transform the environment while also providing work opportunities for local people.

The Cornfield Project in Coleraine proposes to transform an unused area of wood and grass between the city's Millburn and Ballysally estates into an area resplendent with wild flowers, while revamping the area in a cross-community initiative.

Meanwhile in the North West, the Flowers of Foyle plans to plant a stunning "river of flowers" from Creggan Country Park down to the River Foyle, using wild flower meadows and nature paths to create a breath-taking flower trail.

The three projects have been short-listed for the funding boost by Grow Wild, the national wild flower campaign supported by Kew Gardens and the Big Lottery Fund, in the race to become Northern Ireland's flagship project.

The winner will be selected by the public through a voting campaign in October and announced the following month, with the victorious scheme ready to begin planting next spring. For more information about the flagship projects or the wider Grow Wild campaign, visit www.growwilduk.com

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