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Festival to launch cornfield project

The official launch of the Cornfield project took place on Saturday, 10th September with a special woodland festival at Hartford Park in Ballysally.

The site located between Coleraine estates, Ballysally and Millburn was a project that really struck a chord with local people and the plot became Northern Ireland's flagship site for the Grow Wild Initiative, 'bringing wildflowers' to the community, when it won a public vote earlier this year.

The Cornfield site consists of 7.5 acres of community woodland which is being transformed into a beautiful area comprising of wildflowers, a sensory gardens, grow your own vegetables and outdoor classroom space.

Before work commenced on the site, it was an underused patch of land situated between the two Coleraine estates.

Apart from the environmental aims of the project, it is hoped that issues such as low employment and health may be addressed, as the activities planned will increase people's confidence and enable them to develop new skills and friendships, which in turn will provide a positive and fun sense of community.

The launch night was a chance for both communities to find out about the project. The event included Magician Rodd Hogg, a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, fancy dress, live music, a hog roast, magical glowing trees, art, theatre and storytelling. Woodland activities included a search for bats, birds and bugs.

Murray Bell and Anthony Newman at the Launch of the Cornfield Project between Ballysally and Millburn.

The Grow Wild Initiative 'bringing wildflowers' to the community.

The official launch of the cornfield project with a special woodland festival

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