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Funding boost ensures appeal of Greenisland Allotments continues to grow in 2020

Press release   •   Feb 07, 2020 11:11 GMT

David Hilditch MLA (back left); Cllr Beth Adger, Deputy Mayor; Cllr Peter Johnston; Angelica Florez, Groundwork NI; Niamh-Anne McNally; Cllr Mark Collins, Dawn Hart, Greenisland Youth Group; Adrian Johnston, Chairman Greenisland Allotment Association

The Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim has welcomed investment in the popular Greenisland Allotments, saying she believes the biodiversity site can be a model of best practice.

Greenisland Allotments opened more than five years ago in response to the local community’s desire to have access to greater communal green space.

And thanks to almost £10k from the Whitemountain Programme, residents of Greenisland, including school and community groups, are set to enjoy a much-enhanced site with improved facilities. The allotments are managed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Beth Adger MBE, said, “Funding has been secured for vital site improvements which will boost the sites green credentials. Improvement works will include a compostable toilet, communal polytunnel, tools, storage unit, and an extensive programme of community workshops. We are hoping the site will become a model of best practice.

“Having access to shelter and toilet facilities will greatly improve this space for the community, as the weather can be inclement during winter months. We can now encourage more school pupils and community groups to come along and enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors and nature.”

Niamh-Anne McNally, Whitemountain Communications Officer, said: “We are delighted to support projects rooted in the community. The new facility will provide a safe space for the community to grow fruit and vegetables and access horticulture training. After a successful 2019, with over 30 projects receiving over £1.4 million in funding from the Whitemountain Programme, we are looking forward to funding new projects this year.”

Funding from the Whitemountain Programme aims to support projects related to the maintaining and improving a community amenity, and the promotion and conservation of biodiversity.

Angelica Florez, Groundwork Northern Ireland, said, “These allotments have amazing potential, and Groundwork Northern Ireland is delighted to equip this site with these new resources. It is so beneficial to be able to access green space and we hope the residents of Greenisland enjoy this space with added comfort now.”

For full details of the Whitemountain Programme, including 2020 application deadlines, please visit Groundwork Northern Ireland’s website at www.groundwork.org.uk/whitemountain

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