‘Valuable asset’ for Sunnylands showcased

Relaxing in the sun at the community garden celebration.
Relaxing in the sun at the community garden celebration.

A celebration of growing your own, biodiversity, play and community spirit has been held in Carrickfergus.

Hundreds of participants enjoyed the free family activities at Sunnylands Community Garden.

Bird box building was popular during the fun day.

Bird box building was popular during the fun day.

Michael Clarke, chair of Sunnylands and Woodburn Community Development Group, said: “What a great turnout. The sun was shining and everyone had a great day enjoying activities such as grow your own workshops, bird box building, drum circle, garden games, and free refreshments.

“I would like the community to know that this garden is for the use of everyone, please come along and enjoy it.

“Thanks to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council staff for partnering with us to organise this event today. We look forward to working together again in future.”

Among those joining in the fun was the Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Cheryl Johnston.

Joining in the fun events at Sunnylands community garden,

Joining in the fun events at Sunnylands community garden,

Cllr Johnston said: “I was delighted to attend this event and to draw attention to the fantastic community garden here at Sunnylands.

“Growing your own fruit and veg can provide a great sense of well-being and satisfaction when you see what you can produce through your own hard work.

“Community gardens are also beneficial to the environment and wildlife.

“I hope the local community will continue to enjoy and make use of this community garden, and to look after this valuable asset, so it can be enjoyed for many years to come. Well done to all involved.”

Mary Hamilton, The Conservation Volunteers, passing on some tips at the community garden.

Mary Hamilton, The Conservation Volunteers, passing on some tips at the community garden.

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Denise McVeigh, Mid and East Antrim Council, helping young participants with one of the challenges.

Denise McVeigh, Mid and East Antrim Council, helping young participants with one of the challenges.

The Deputy Mayor (right), Councillor Cheryl Johnston, with, from left, Denise McVeigh, Sinead Kelly, both Mid and East Antrim Council and Michael Clarke, chair of Sunnylands and Woodburn Community Development Group.

The Deputy Mayor (right), Councillor Cheryl Johnston, with, from left, Denise McVeigh, Sinead Kelly, both Mid and East Antrim Council and Michael Clarke, chair of Sunnylands and Woodburn Community Development Group.

Enjoying the fun event at Sunnylands.

Enjoying the fun event at Sunnylands.