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Community garden for kids in Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • Subject: [cg] Community garden for kids in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2005 09:02:15 -0800 (PST)

4NI, Northern Ireland on the Internet (www.4ni.co.uk)

West Belfast, No. Ireland

Community garden launched by Childrens Commissioner

A vital community garden situated in one of the most
deprived communities in Northern Ireland was
officially opened today by the Childrens Commissioner
Nigel Williams.
The garden was created with a lottery grant of #50,000
from the Creating Common Ground Consortium, which
delivers the Big Lottery Funds Green Spaces and
Sustainable Communities programme.
The garden, which is situated in the grounds of St
Aidans Primary School in west Belfast, is the result
of a unique partnership between the school and Corpus
Christi Services.
Joe Connolly, Director of Corpus Christi Services,
said: We were delighted that St Aidans Primary
School donated the piece of land for this valuable
project. It is a prime example of the voluntary and
community sector working in partnership with a local
primary school.
Nigel Williams added: The Community Garden at St
Aidans Primary School is a great example of what can
be achieved when voluntary, community and statutory
services work together imaginatively. 
The Big Lottery Fund along with St Aidans Primary
School and Corpus Christi Services have all helped to
breathe life into this derelict ground. As
Commissioner I would encourage other groups, and
statutory bodies to forge creative alliances such as
this one to benefit children, young people and
everyone living in their local community.
The garden, which boasts seating areas, shrubs, plants
and safe play areas, was developed on a piece of
rubbish-strewn waste ground and has now become a
social meeting point for parents and the wider
community.


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