Residents dig in to support ‘grow your own’ project

Dr Eddie Rooney, chief executive of the Public Health Agency, Mayor Fraser Agnew and Margaret Lindsay, Newtownabbey Borough Council's parks development manager, cut the ribbon on the New Mossley allotment scheme.
Dr Eddie Rooney, chief executive of the Public Health Agency, Mayor Fraser Agnew and Margaret Lindsay, Newtownabbey Borough Council's parks development manager, cut the ribbon on the New Mossley allotment scheme.

Newtownabbey Borough Council, in partnership with the Housing Executive and Public Health Agency, has launched a new allotment scheme in New Mossley.

The allotments at Ballyearl Rise were officially opened by Mayor Fraser Agnew.

The land, which is leased to the council by the Housing Executive, provides a total of 71 plots. Full plots can be leased at a cost of £30 per year, while the half plots cost £15 and are for local NIHE tenants.

Speaking at the launch, Alderman Agnew commented: “The council is committed to improving the quality of life for people in the borough. Allotments can provide a great sense of wellbeing and satisfaction to those who use their skills and effort to producing their own food while at the same time benefiting the environment and wildlife in general.”

Dr Eddie Rooney, chief executive of the Public Health Agency, added: “The allotments project will contribute to the health and wellbeing of the estate, helping local people grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables. The allotments will also provide a focus for social interaction, fun and outdoor physical exercise.”

For more information about leasing an allotment telephone 028 9034 0042.