BALLYNURE children and residents of all ages have joined with many thousands of community groups in towns and villages nationwide to plant seeds as part of the upcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The event, which was organised and coordinated by the Friendship Club in the village, brought together members of the Community Association, the four churches, the primary school, playgroup and some of the local traders.
Neave (P5) and Rebecca Graham (P3) represented the Primary School and Jenna Den Haese was there from the village playgroup.
Also in attendance was councillor Jim Bingham, who takes a great interest in the village, and local MLA Danny Kinahan.
A number of other residents came along to share in the experience and create a little bit of history.
The wildflower seed planting also marked the beginning of ‘Ulster in Bloom’ and many of those who attended were committed to helping the village make a greater effort for this year’s entry.
Ivan and Maybeth and the rest of the Jackson family, from the village’s award winning butchers, have also been great supporters of village events and even got a special mention in last year’s competition.
The Ulster in Bloom judges remarked on the way in which the family had kept the flower beds and barrels close to their shop.
It was hoped that their continued participation would inspire other traders to get involved.
Richard and Isobel Wallace of the Friendship Club paid tribute to the Parks Department of Newtownabbey Council for its help in preparation for the planting.
Richard said: “The council dug out the bed, filled it with topsoil, sought permission from the Roads Service and helped greatly on the day by providing barriers to ensure everyone’s safety, given its location beside the busy A8.
“Along with councillor Jim Bingham they have been a great help in tidying up the village for the event.
“We were also pleased to welcome Danny Kinahan and know that he will continue to look after our village interests in the Assembly.”
Kathryn Clarke and Barbara Stewart from the rejuvenated Community Association were encouraged by the attendance of many different village groups and have added all the pictures to the village’s new Facebook page which can be found by searching for ‘Ballynure Village’ on the social networking site.
Margaret McCowan from the Community Association said she was delighted to be part of the new venture and vowed to keep looking after the large number of planter barrels on the Castle Road.
She said: “The seeds included corncockle, cornflower, corn marigold, corn poppy and corn chamomile and should germinate in time for the summer.
“Let’s hope we have a great show by the time we’re having our other Jubilee events in the village.”