Belfast Telegraph

Pupils' blossoms breathe life into retirement fold

By Linda Stewart

A group of children has joined forces with the older generation to green up sheltered accommodation in Carrickfergus.

The pupils of Carrickfergus Model School joined residents of Wesley Court Sheltered Accommodation last week to bring colour and fragrance to their home with beautiful blossoms as part of a 'Growing Together' event organised by Carrickfergus Borough Council.

Together they planted hanging baskets and large plant pots to brighten the area for all residents.

The residents were able to share their experience and knowledge while the young Growing Club contributed their curiosity and enthusiasm.

'Growing Together' is an environmental-based inter-generational project to carry out community activities in Carrickfergus Borough.

The project aims to bring different generations together and actively encourages the breaking down of barriers between older and younger people, while challenging negative stereotypes and behaviour. Natural Communities Outreach Officer Alison Diver said: "In today's society, younger and older people are often strangers to each other as they don't have the same opportunities which existed in the past to communicate and participate in activities together.

"The Growing Together project demonstrates that older and younger generations have a great deal to offer each other in terms of knowledge and experience.

"The benefit of working these groups together on projects such as Wesley Court provides opportunities for improved mutual tolerance and understanding with the local community gaining from working and growing together."

This event was linked to the Carrickfergus in Bloom initiative to brighten up the borough.

Each summer, the borough comes alive with hundreds of hanging baskets, bedding displays, shrub beds and trees that help make the town a brighter place for its citizens and visitors.

Everyone can play a role in the enhancement of Carrickfergus and the improvement of the town as a place to live, work and visit, Alison says.

"Each year Carrickfergus Borough Council organises the Carrickfergus in Bloom Community Competitions with a £1,200 prize fund," she said.

"There are many categories designed to encourage everyone to get involved."

Visit www.carrickfergusin for more information.

The Belfast Telegraph launched Blooming Marvellous at the beginning of spring, a drive to inspire readers to pick up a trowel and transform their surroundings with a little green-fingered magic.

How to enter our gardening competition

  • Put the finishing touches to your balcony, courtyard or garden over this June.
  • Photograph a couple of views of your garden – we need good, sharp images.
  • You can enter your garden in one of four categories – Small Urban (which includes balconies and courtyards); Urban Garden; Small Country Garden and Large Country Garden (over half an acre).
  • Email your entry to bloom ingmarvellous@belfasttele, including your name and contact details, garden photos, what category you are entering and a brief background if you want.
  • Alternatively you can post your entries to Linda Stewart at Belfast Telegraph, 124-144 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1EB.
  • The closing date is July 4 2014.

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