Ashton Garden Grid Strategy

As part of our ongoing efforts to regenerate the local neighbourhood we want to tackle and manage issues of blight and neglect at different problem locations in the area. We have already identified a number of these locations and ultimately want to create a ‘grid’ of improved spaces. By applying co-design principles we intend that these spaces will be developed, maintained and managed in partnership with local residents. In the process we want to stimulate and support wider planting and growing projects within the area incorporating schools, community/youth centres, front gardens and small communal areas. This would include the growing of food for local consumption. planting/growing allotments, etc.

Operational Hub

To make all of this happen we are busy transforming a once derelict space at Clifton Street/Henry Place with the intention of establishing a central operational hub there. We have already put a container in place to be used as a base. Recently with the help of Groundwork NI and a number of local volunteers we have been clearing this site of dense bramble and dead vegetation in preparation for a planting area. Building on our established group of volunteers we hope to increase the numbers involved. Our vision is that this core site will act as an accessible garden resource for the wider community, eventually becoming equipped with all the relevant tools and materials needed.

For further information contact Mark Hackett or ring 02890742255