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New community garden opened in Ballystrudder

Joe Gilpin, Chair Islandmagee Community Association, Mayor Peter Johnston and Cllr Gregg McKeen

Village renewal works have completed in Ballystrudder, following an investment of £98K through the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Village Renewal Scheme. The completion of a new community garden, located beside Willowvale housing development, includes a path network, new boundary fence treatments, landscaping, tree planting and the installation of seating.

MEA LAG Chair, Kelli McRoberts, Joe Gilpin, Chair Islandmagee Community Association and Cllr Gregg McKeen

All of this will make the garden visually appealing for people of all ages and abilitiesand it will also provide better access from the neighbouring Willowvale development.

Speaking at the official opening, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, said:

“Ballystrudder is the latest village to benefit from 18 village renewal projects across the borough.

“The new garden is a great outdoor space for the local community to enjoy. It will enhance the leisure and recreational offering in the area at a time where the outdoors have become so important for many of us.

“The new community garden is a fine example of village renewal in action and is one example of how the Rural Development Programme is working to leave a lasting legacy within our rural areas. This facility will no doubt serve the local community well for many years to come and I look forward to seeing it being put to good use.”

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have been developing the Village Renewal Programme over the past 2 years and 18 villages in total will benefit from £2.5 million of funding.

This project was part funded under Priority 6 (LEADER) of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the European Union.


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