Public can help lucky community to say it with wildflowers
Three ground-breaking projects in Northern Ireland are competing to secure a £120,000 windfall to transform their communities with native wildflowers.
Voting is now open to choose the Grow Wild flagship project for Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, Belfast Telegraph readers can join the green-fingered drive as 2,100 wildflower seed packets are up for grabs. Three colourful projects have been shortlisted by Grow Wild for the chance to transform local spaces with native wildflowers and inspire their communities, and now it's up to the public to decide who wins £120,000 funding for their plans.
People in Northern Ireland can help their favourite project realise its vision to become Grow Wild's Northern Ireland flagship project by going online at voteni.growwilduk.com or voting by phone for free.
Grow Wild will award £120,000 in funding to one of three projects throughout Northern Ireland. The site that wins the public vote will be completed by summer 2016.
The Northern Irish flagship project will run alongside a flagship project for Wales, following the successes of the English flagship in 2015 and Scottish flagship in 2014. Voters can choose from the following projects.
City of Wildflowers (Belfast) aims to bring wild flowers to all corners of Belfast for everyone to enjoy. The project will improve biodiversity across the city, give "wildflower makeovers" to well-known sites across Belfast and create a seed hub and the skills to address Northern Ireland's need for a variety of wildflowers. The project is led by Belfast City Council. To vote for City of Wild Flowers, call 080 8228 7701.
Flowers of Foyle, Londonderry, will see a "river" of wild flowers flow from Creggan Country Park to the River Foyle and across the iconic Peace Bridge, bringing recreation, education, new skills and health benefits to the people of the city. This project is led by Creggan Country Park. To vote for Flowers of Foyle, call 080 8228 7702.
The Cornfield Project, Coleraine, will use wildflowers, natural colour and community activities to bring an underused area back to life. Located between two housing estates, the site will bring people together to enjoy wild flowers through sensory gardens, outdoor classrooms, allotments, youth areas and more. The project is led by Focus on Family development centre. To vote for The Cornfield Project, call 080 8228 7703.
If you want to try your hand at brightening your surroundings with wildflowers, you can apply for a packet of seeds being offered by the Belfast Telegraph in partnership with Grow Wild.To claim your free seeds, complete the form at competitions.belfasttelegraph.co.uk.