Community garden opens in the Ballycolman

The new facilty which has opened in the Ballycolman.

THE transformation of waste ground in the Ballycolman into a serene garden is further evidence of the benefits Strabane Health Improvement Project is bringing to the area.

The garden was officially opened in recent days. The event also saw the unveiling of the newly refurbished Men’s Work Unit plaque which rededicated the premises in memory of two local men, Sean (Smurf) Diver and Patrick (Pluck) McGrath.


Speaking after the event Strabane Health Improvement Project manager Jarlath McNulty said, “I want to thank the families and friends of Sean Diver and Patrick McGrath for their kind support which has allowed our project to refurbish our Men’s Work Unit. This newly refurbished unit will support the future development of new health and well-being programmes for the local community in the years ahead.

Jarlath McNulty from Strabane Health Improvement Project pictured alongside Fay Diver and Paddy McGrath at the unveiling of the plaque at the Men’s Work Unit which was re-dedicated in loving memory of their sons Sean ‘Smurf’ Diver and Patrick ‘Pluck’ McGrath.

“Around 120 people visited our facilities on Friday with many taking the opportunity to view our photographic exhibition and to engage with our health and craft tutors who were hosting a number of demonstration sessions throughout the day for the visitors to participate in.

“As a community we want to develop a project that has the local community at the heart,” explained Mr McNulty. “Over the coming months and years we will continue to engage with the local community in seeking their views and advice on the future development of the project.”

Mr McNulty also extended thanks to the funders of the project saying,  “I am delighted with the support the Big Lottery has given to our project through its Celebration Programme. This funding has allowed our project to develop waste ground into a celebration garden for the entire community to use.”


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