Belfast Telegraph

Walled garden gets a makeover

A walled garden at the Victoria Day Centre has received a makeover that TV’s ‘60 minute’ team would be proud of.

And it is all thanks to a combined effort by a host of local community groups.

Those involved included the Connswater Community Greenway team, a group of 11 young people from the Princes Trust East Belfast branch, conservation volunteers, representatives from Newtownards Road Women’s Group and volunteers from the Mersey Street Area Residents’ Association, who own the garden.

The 40 strong group of volunteers cleared weeds and overgrown beds, planted flowers and organic vegetation and re-painted fences.

The end result transformed the garden, located on Tamar Street at the back of the day centre, into a place for the local community enjoy.

Connswater community engagement officer, Sean Brannigan, said it was a terrific day for the whole community.

“Everyone worked very well as a team and bringing together the young people from the Prince’s Trust, with their local community groups, is a great example of what the Connswater Community Greenway can do,” he said.

“Plans are almost finalised and a contractor will be appointed in the summer for the main work to start on the greenway in September, so all these smaller projects are important lynch pins to get the whole community working together.”

The Prince's Trust plays a significant role in the community and relies on support to help unemployed 16-25 year-olds gain nationally recognised qualifications, develop their team working skills and improve their affiliation with their local communities.

The Connswater Community Greenway is a £39 million investment in east Belfast.

The project has been developed by the East Belfast Partnership and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Belfast City Council and the Department for Social Development.

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