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Council put the petal to the metal this Summer

Press release   •   Jun 19, 2019 09:41 BST

Summer flowers at The Braid, Ballymena.

Flower power is about to make an explosion in Mid and East Antrim with the planting of thousands of stunning summer shrubs.

A number of key projects are in the pipeline which plan to make the borough look blooming marvellous.

In total there will be approximately 60,000 shrubs planted across Mid and East Antrim.

This will include 90 hanging baskets, 70 railing planters and 20 flower towers for location in Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus.

In Ahoghill there are plans for 3,000 trees and hedging to be planted around the perimeter of Ahoghill New Park.

Two new wildflower beds are also being prepared for sowing at The Moat in Ballymena.

Last year a wildflower meadow at Cambridge House School attracted the attention of many with the discovery of 60 rare orchids so Council are hoping this project is just as unique.

Director of Direct Services, Philip Thompson, said: “All of these projects are pivotal in making Mid and East Antrim a more attractive place to live and visit.

“It is important that we take pride in the place that we live and in turn create a better environment for everyone to share.”

There is also a focus on sustainable planting with 3,000 herbaceous perennials being planted.

As well as the vast array of beautiful flowers, re-landscaping to the area around McDonald’s on North Road in Ballymena has also been completed.

There have been improvements made to the Larne Road entrance feature with a focus on the design to resemble the old Ballymena Borough Council Shield.

Finally there is an ongoing review of Ballee roundabout in conjunction with DFI which will result in the creation of a safe area for workers to help maintain the roundabout.