A proud team of community gardeners welcomed local Councillors, Primary School Pupils, Council staff and local residents to the official opening of the community garden and growing space at Lord Lurgan Memorial Park.
The event was officially marked by Cllr Glen Barr planting the final apple tree.
The community gardeners have worked through all weathers over the past 6 months to design their garden, construct raised beds, sow and plant out mixed vegetables, construct the fence and archway, plant a soft fruit hedge and a small community orchard. They are now looking forward to a bumper harvest!
Green spaces like this in the heart of our communities are so positive in getting people together and promoting physical health. I am delighted to be here to support and celebrate all their hard work and wish them with everything they grow.
Cllr Glen Barr
This project was able to happen through funding secured through The Challenge Fund Programme under the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, with ongoing support from Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Council.
The Ethos of this project is that this garden is a communal plot and that those involved help and support each other as the project develops.
A number of schools are keen get involved with the garden Tannaghmore Primary School, The Model Primary School and The Lough Road Learning Centre, the project group are delighted that this garden can be used as an education and outdoor learning model to improve the personal and social development of our young people and contribute to their understanding of their natural environment.
For more information of how to get involved contact Bernie Marshall Community Development Officer 02838312419 and Leanne McShane Parks Development Officer