Belfast Telegraph

Wild about wildflowers in Northern Ireland

It's all going green in Newtownabbey for the Britain in Bloom campaign.

Ballynure and District Friendship Club has joined forces with Newtownabbey Borough Council and thousands of other community gardening groups to celebrate the launch of the Royal Horticultural Society's campaign for 2012 by going Wild about Wildflowers.

Ballynure residents will be planting thousands of wildflower seeds at 1.30pm on Saturday, April 14, as part of a UK-wide bid to see 20,000 square metres of land turned into new wildlife havens. This activity marks the launch of the Translink's 'Ulster in Bloom' year, the beginning of National Gardening Week and also celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Translink's 'Ulster in Bloom' is part of the UK's largest horticultural campaign, working to improve where people live through community gardening initiatives. Groups are encouraged to showcase their horticultural expertise, community involvement and environmental responsibility through their gardening projects, ready for the judges' visit in the summer.

Ballynure and District Friendship Club has been in existence for five years now and seeks to provide opportunities for older people many of whom live alone or are in an isolated part of the rural community.

The group meets on the last Friday of every month in Ballynure Presbyterian Minor Hall and is grant aided by Newtownabbey Borough Council and DRD Community Transport Initiative.

Richard Wallace from the Ballynure and District Friendship Club said: "We're really looking forward to sowing the wildflower seeds, as this is the first time we have tried to create a wildflower area and we can't wait see the results in the summer.

"There are other things to do around the village so it would be good to have a few more volunteers to help with this year's entry."

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