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Best Garden - Divis Tower

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Frank Hutchinson, Geard Mullan and Jim Taggert.
Frank Hutchinson, Geard Mullan and Jim Taggert.
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Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Marade McGee, David Elder, Laura Briers and Cathy Murray.
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Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Brandon McMillan, Joe Leebody and David Anderson.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Stafford Ward, Craig Kernghan and Ted Kernghan.
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Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Glenn Wray Linda Henry, Cathrine Wells and Elenor Taylor.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Marade McGee, David Elder, Laura Briers and Cathy Murray.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Hugh, Molly and Julia Gulmartin
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Catherine Dickson and Michelle Chambers
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Catherine Dickson and Michelle Chambers with Charlie Lawson
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Catherine Dickson and Michelle Chambers with Charlie Lawson
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Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Cast of Les Miserables
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Cast of Les Miserables
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Cast of Les Miserables
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Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.John Linehan better known as May McFettridge before receiving his award
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Razzle Dazzle performing
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Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Best Art / Sport / Community Project sponsored by bmi babyWinner Midnight Street Soccer.(L-R) Stafford Ward, William Gorman, Craig Kernaghan and Julian Carr, Managing Director bmi baby.
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Razzle Dazzle performing
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Razzle Dazzle performing
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Bill Matthews and Toni Lynne Bayliss
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Simon Wells, Glen Wrea, Daniel Wrea and Lydia McLaughlin
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Stacey Pollock and Charlotte O'Neill
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Archie Weir, Barbara Weire, Rosemary Dodds and David Dodds
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Norman Carlisle, Joe Dornan, Stephanie Campbell, Ross McIlwaine, Trevor Wray from Daisies Cafe
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Lillian McCann, Marie Pollock, Bridgit Simms
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Ryan McQuillan, Paula Leitch and Jim Leitch
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Peter Mullan and Myleen Marshall
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Guests of sponsors Airtricity

As the Best Garden award was about to be announced, the residents of Divis Tower in west Belfast were hoping and praying for a win. To help seal the deal they had their fingers crossed for that extra bit of gala night good luck.



The garden at the 200ft tower block has won a few awards in the past, but resident Frankie Hutchinson said the Making the Difference award is particularly special, as it recognises the input from all 20 residents involved in the project.

He said everyone “chips in” to make their beautiful garden so special and as barbecue season approaches, the fruit and vegetables grown in the garden will provide residents with some homegrown soul food.

After collecting their award, Frankie Hutchinson, Gerard Mullan and Jim Taggart explained they were looking |forward to a few celebratory beers.

Mr Hutchinson said: “I’m absolutely over the moon. We had our fingers crossed and we just hoped.

“I feel like I’ve won an Oscar. Colin Firth eat your heart out!

“It’s our little slice of Eden in suburbia and it’s great to be recognised for what we are all doing.

“There is great camaraderie among the residents here. Over the summer it is great for all of us to get together and have our tea or coffee.

“It’s somewhere to meet. The residents lounge is never used. The garden is the centrepiece of the whole community,” Mr Hutchinson added.

Fellow resident Gerard Mullan was beaming with pride and said he had a wonderful night at the glittering gala event at the Grand Opera House.

“We are extremely happy to have won,” he said.

“The garden is good for the people working in it and really helps build the community.”

Mary Campbell from Westland Horticulture said: “Congratulations to everyone at Divis Tower.

“The Making the Difference awards are a great idea and the whole ceremony was absolutely fantastic.

“There is so much doom and gloom at the moment, with so many people being out of work.

“There should be more events like this one.

“It’s fantastic to see a community come together to make a difference and then celebrate that.”

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