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Wildflowers project boosted by £120k windfall to transform local estates

By Linda Stewart

An inspiring project uniting two neighbouring housing estates in Coleraine to cultivate flowers has won a £120,000 windfall.

The Cornfield Project won the public vote last month to be Northern Ireland's flagship site in the UK-wide Grow Wild wildflower initiative. People from Ballysally and Millburn will use the money to transform a neglected site between the estates into an exciting and engaging space.

Local people will grow wildflowers, create beautiful sensory gardens in which to wander, grow their own veg, and provide an outdoor classroom for schools.

Brendan Patterson, project leader at The Cornfield Project said: "We have had an incredible amount of support for which we're very grateful. We can't wait to get started."

Backed by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Grow Wild inspires communities across the UK to transform local spaces with native wildflowers.

The other projects which took part in the public vote were: City of Wildflowers in Belfast, led by Belfast City Council and Flowers of Foyle in Londonderry, led by Creggan Country Park.

Meanwhile, the Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with Grow Wild to give away 2,100 packets of wildflower seed - visit to apply for yours.

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