Visitors gather at Sentry Hill for some green-fingered fun

Matthew Harrity gets mucky digging up some potatoes at the Sentry Hill Community Garden. INNT 37-605con
Matthew Harrity gets mucky digging up some potatoes at the Sentry Hill Community Garden. INNT 37-605con

Over 250 green-fingered fanatics attended the recent open day at Sentry Hill Community Garden which was hailed a fantastic success.

Newtownabbey Borough Council teamed up with the Department of Environment Rethink Waste team and Conservation Volunteers NI on the day to provide composting demonstrations.

Visitors to the community garden were also able to quiz Groundwork’s David Carver and Maurice Parkinson of Ballyrobert Cottage Garden on a number of gardening dilemmas.

While a drop-in arts and crafts workshop proved a hit as local artist Janet Crymble entertained the crowds.

Sam Curry, the council’s museums and heritage officer said: “The open day was a great success with all of the visitors enjoying the activities and luckily, the good weather.

“A barbecue with music in the courtyard helped to round off a fantastic day for all who attended.”

Visitors signed up to the Community Garden, which allows groups a green space to grow a variety of produce, and while it is now fully occupied, any interest from members of the public is still encouraged.

For further information call 9034 0209 or email jcolville@newtownabbey.gov.uk