Two communities within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough have been successfully shortlisted to one of the three Northern Ireland Flagship finalists of the Grow Wild Flagship Programme.
The communities of Millburn and Ballysally submitted a joint project, ‘The Cornfield Project’, which aims to transform and develop the use of the Cornfield site into a nature area to the benefit of both communities.
The finalist to be selected as Grow Wild’s flagship project in Northern Ireland will be decided by a public vote which will take place from 6th October until 1st November 2015 – with the winner awarded with £135,000 to implement their site plan.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Grow Wild is a national wild flower campaign in its third year of wild flower campaigning, aiming to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing native plants.
The Cornfield Project, developed by Aspire Community Partnership, a collaborative consortium of local grass-roots community groups including; Focus on Family as the lead partner, Millburn Community Association, Building Ballysally Together, Oasis Causeway and Coleraine Education Community Project with other groups from the wider Causeway Coast and Glens area who’s aims are to improve the lives of residents within local communities.
The project is supported by a range of key partners including; The Woodland Trust, who own the site; The Conservation Volunteers; Northern Health and Social Services Trust and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
Details on how, when and where to vote for the Cornfield Project will be available at www.facebook.com/thecornfieldproject or for further information telephone Brendan Patterson, Project Manager at Focus on Family on 028 7032 9550.