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Ministers praise school's garden as great example of people working together

By Staff Reporter

Published 11/11/2016

First Minister Arlene Foster and Junior Minister Megan Fearon with pupils Jayla Houston and Maleah Taft
First Minister Arlene Foster and Junior Minister Megan Fearon with pupils Jayla Houston and Maleah Taft
First Minister Arlene Foster and Junior Minister Megan Fearon help celebrate the opening of the Blythefield Primary School garden

Schools play a key role in inspiring and delivering social change to help build a more united community, First Minister Arlene Foster and Junior Minister Megan Fearon have said.

The ministers were speaking as they officially opened the Blythefield Primary School garden in Sandy Row, which received £40,000 of Executive funding from its Urban Villages initiative.

Mrs Foster said: "It gives me great pleasure to officially open this wonderful new garden at Blythefield Primary School.

"Initiatives such as this are a great example of how an underused space has been transformed into a hub for innovative learning and a place which will inspire and bring people together.

"It is exactly the type of project the Northern Ireland Executive wants to support through the Urban Villages Initiative, as part of the wider Together: Building a United Community strategy.

"As this garden grows in the months and years ahead, the children of Blythefield will learn at first-hand how care, attention, hard work and patience can deliver wonderful results.

"I have no doubt it will have a lasting impact for the pupils and those beyond the school gates," she added.

Ms Fearon said: "The local community helped identity the key priorities for the Urban Village area in south Belfast which included enhancing the area, improving health and well-being and providing better access to facilities and activities for the children and young people.

"The Blythefield Primary School project meets all these and shows what can be achieved when the local community and government works together to meet local needs."

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