Coleraine’s Cornfield Project has won the £120,000 Grow Wild funding!
Following a public vote, the project, which will connect the communities of Ballysally and Millburn, was announced as the winner on Monday morning, after gaining around two thirds of the total votes.
The Coleraine project will now become Northern Ireland’s flagship site for Grow Wild, the UK-wide wild flower initiative.
The project, a joint enterprise between Ballysally and Millburn in Coleraine, will use the £120,000 to transform and develop an underused area between the two estates, strengthening community links and transforming the space into an engaging, exciting space that will benefit local residents by bringing people together with wild flowers.
The Cornfield Project also aims to tackle issues of low employment and health by creating activities which will increase people`s confidence, enable them to develop new skills and bring opportunities for fun and education.
Brendan Patterson, project leader said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the public vote to become Grow Wild’s flagship site for Northern Ireland.
“We have received an incredible amount of support for The Cornfield Project for which we’re very grateful.
“We can’t wait to get started on the project and bring the estates of Millburn and Ballysally together to improve their surroundings, bring new skills and development to the area.”
In addition to the £120,000 initial funding, the flagship site will also receive £15,000 in 2016 for continued activities with local people, focusing on those aged 12 to 25.