Muckamore area in floral campaign

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The Muckamore area is set to blossom as part of the biggest-ever wild flower seed-sowing campaign.

Community groups across Northern Ireland are set to take part in a massive UK-wide campaign to transform urban and rural landscapes and nurture a love for nature through the planting of stunning wild flowers – and, with seeding set to take place in the coming few weeks, the scope and scale of this amazing project is becoming increasingly vivid.

It’s all part of Grow Wild, a £10.5m programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to inspire people to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers.

A number of community groups across Northern Ireland are set to receive support for their wild flower ideas, and are also looking for volunteers or anyone wanting to take part in any way, including with Muckamore Garden.

The Muckamore Parish Development Association in Antrim plans to transform parts inside and outside the local primary school in built-up urban area into a wild flower haven.

The local community is being asked to help pupils from Ballycraigy Primary School create the colourful space inside the grounds, as well as on two further plots owned by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive that are outside the school and in the Ballycraigy estate.

The school itself has already been greening its fingers, with the local community supporting pupils in having a greenhouse on site, as well as a built pond and hen runs.

Volunteers and anyone interested in getting involved should know the provisional planting of the wild flower seeds will take place on the evening of Thursday, May 1 (this is weather permitting, with the back-up date set for Thursday, May 8).

Gay Coley, Director of Public Programmes for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew said: “As well as helping our wild flowers to flourish and bring life to unloved spaces, Grow Wild is about people re-connecting with the natural world.

“It’s about discovering and enjoying the beauty of our wild flowers and re-engaging with the spaces, places and people around us.”

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI director, said:“Grow Wild is about making connections. Connecting people with nature, connecting people with the places where they live, and connecting people with each other across generations.

“In Northern Ireland we believe there will be unique benefits from this amazing project, with communities working together as well as helping young people improve their environment in such a positive way. Grow Wild is launching this campaign to encourage people to get sowing, to make a real difference to wild flowers and to the places where they live.”

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