Blooming good news for local estates

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Housing estates across the South Antrim area are set to bloom in spectacular colour this Spring as 400,000 bulbs are planted by the Housing Executive.

The Townspark Estates, North and South, in Antrim, and the Glenville and Abbeyglen estates in Newtownabbey have been at the centre of an environmental makeover to the tune of £120,000.

Tree lined routes, new shrubs as well as a sea of giant crocus and daffodils will greet residents and visitors on the four estates.

The landscaping scheme also includes the removal of existing planted areas and the laying of formal grass, which will be maintained by the Housing Executive.

Existing shrubs which have become woody due to age, have died or have been vandalised will be replaced with new shrubs.

The main routes into the estates will also be planted with almost 200 trees.

But the jewel in the crown of the project is the planting of 256,000 giant crocus bulbs in the Glenville and Abbeyglen estates. Planting has just been completed by the Housing Executive’s Grounds maintenance team.

That will be followed in September with the planting of 125,000 daffodil bulbs in the Townpark estates in Antrim.

Sharon Crooks, South Antrim Area Manager, said: “When completed it will add to the vitality of our estates and will engender pride of place within the community.”

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