Mowing days creating a buzz at Carrick’s Broadlands Park

Residents taking part in the second of two grass cutting days at Broadlands Park. INCT 42-752-CON
Residents taking part in the second of two grass cutting days at Broadlands Park. INCT 42-752-CON

Residents of a Carrickfergus development have been mowing an open grass area and furthering community spirit in the process.

A total of 20 lawnmowers buzzed into action over the course of two ‘community grass-cutting’ days at Broadlands Park.

Resident Glen Spence explained: “Our grass cut day started because I was sick of driving past a grass area, which my kids used to play in last year, becoming unusable as the grass and weeds had reached knee high, people were dropping litter on it, dog faeces was not being picked up because of the length of the grass. The day entails people turning up and getting the job done, with a bit of craic on the way.

“To get people involved I put a sign at the entrance to the park asking for help, whether it be lawnmower, strimmer or just support and when I turned up on the first cut I couldn’t believe 12 lawnmowers, numerous helpers, kids with juice for everyone had turned up. And what I thought would be a day-long job was finished off in less than two hours.

“All the people who turned up thought it was a great idea to put the sign up and they wish we had of done it sooner as a community.”

Mr Spence said it was his understanding the land had been maintained by a private developer in the past but the grass cutting had stopped while its possible transfer to Mid and East Antrim Council was explored.

A MEA spokesperson said the area in question is not owned by the council.