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Estates to spring into full colour

Whiteabbey community representative Margaret King puts the finishing touches to the environmental makeover on the Glenville estate. Also pictured are Housing Executive staff members Colin Richardson, Grounds Maintenance Charge Hand, Colin Baker, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor, Ronnie McCreanor, Grounds Manager, and Janice Wadsworth, Neighbourhood Officer.

Whiteabbey community representative Margaret King puts the finishing touches to the environmental makeover on the Glenville estate. Also pictured are Housing Executive staff members Colin Richardson, Grounds Maintenance Charge Hand, Colin Baker, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor, Ronnie McCreanor, Grounds Manager, and Janice Wadsworth, Neighbourhood Officer.

Two Whiteabbey housing estates are set to bloom in spectacular colour this spring after more than 250,000 bulbs were planted by the Housing Executive.

The Glenville and Abbeyglen estates - along with the Townpark estates in Antrim - 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.

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.

Sharon Crooks, Housing Executive South Antrim area manager, expressed her delight that the work was being carried out.

“When completed it will add to the vitality of our estates and will engender pride of place within the community,” she said.

 
 
 

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