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Belfast’s floral alleyway scoops UK award

By Ann W Schmidt

Published 26/10/2016

Petal power: resident Brid Ruddy in the wildflower alleyway
Petal power: resident Brid Ruddy in the wildflower alleyway

A grotty alleyway in south Belfast has won an award after a floral makeover.

Wildflower Alley in The Holyland received a Grow Wild award after residents used a free seed kit from the UK wildflower campaign to transform the alley.

College Park Avenue Residents Association chairwoman Brid Ruddy said: "Grow Wild has been with us for the two years of our existence. We were very pleased in particular that we got an award from them because we've had a very cooperative relationship with them."

Ms Ruddy said the goal for Wildflower Alley was to win awards, but this award is particularly meaningful. "Our alley was really a very derelict place. The Grow Wild seeds grew our community," she said.

Alison Morrow represented Wildflower Alley at an awards reception in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. "Our Wildflower Alley really has become a space that we use to recuperate from bad days, to get together and laugh and to make a difference to our environment," she said.

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