The Cornfield, a Woodland Trust green-field site in Coleraine bordering Millburn and Ballysally housing areas, had been managed by The Conservation Volunteers over many years. We have planted hundreds of native tree species, harnessing the eager efforts of school pupils from across the North Coast to create their own community woodland.
During early spring and over the summer months, volunteers with our Coleraine and Derry/Londonderry offices created outdoor study rooms within the wooded area.
We constructed and installed sturdy raised planter beds, seating areas, sheds and garden waste recycling bays. Wildflower areas were sown around these features and along the restored pathways by hundreds of school children, local residents and visitors – under the guidance of The Conservation Volunteers and The Cornfield Project Management Team.
Interest and passion for ‘Grow Wild Cornfield’ has spread, with many local communities and school groups eager to join in to sow seeds and plant plugs at the site. Wildflower seeds were sown in trays by The Cottage Nursing Home’s residents and the resulting plugs were donated. Wildflower plugs were also grown and donated by Building Ballysally Together Growing Places programme. The Kolping Youth Group from Germany, on annual volunteer attachment with TCV in Coleraine, were happy to help with the planting of these wildflower plugs.
We are grateful for the help given by local community groups and school children, our visiting volunteers from Germany – and not least, our own volunteers from the area, who have all been so enthusiastic in their support.
Completion stages were realised and the official opening ceremony was celebrated in September 2016. Hundreds of local residents enjoyed an amazing day, with the specially constructed features providing a backdrop to many visitors’ photographs.
The Conservation Volunteers are involved in a wide variety of outdoor environmental projects, so if you have time to spare why not join us - contact Lilian at The Conservation Volunteers office on Railway Road, Coleraine, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 028 7035 5352.