Help Wildflowers Bloom Across Derry/Londonderry

A young person canoeing at Creggan Park

Creggan Country Park in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland is a bustling hive of activity, with visitors enjoying water sports, outdoor pursuits, walking and angling. The park hopes to transform the waterside with ivy and honey suckle, floating cuckoo flowers, a mural on the pier and a living wildflower meadow on the roof of the building.

The Flowers of Foyle will flow from Creggan Country Park through neighbourhoods, across the peace bridge and into Ebrington, bringing free fun outdoor activities, education and volunteer training to the local community… Not to mention plenty of butterflies and bees!

Mairead Parke has been volunteering at Creggan Country Park since the age of 13.

"It started off as just a few hours in my spare time, something to do to cure boredom, but then I started becoming seriously interested in the work up there."

Mairead loved volunteering so much she ended up doing it every day she didn’t have to be at school. She planted trees and sowed flowers, helped out with workshops and sometimes acted as the secretary. The wide range of skills Mairead learnt led her to finding paid work too.

A huge fan of Creggan Country Park, Mairead feels Flowers of Foyle becoming the Grow Wild Northern Ireland flagship site would enable others to find the kind of opportunities and support she did at the park.

"I strongly recommend volunteering/training with Creggan Country Park through their Grow Wild project, because you are around friendly helpful people who really aim to help you do well and want you to suceed. I'm extremely thankful for the opportunities I've experienced and couldn't have done it without their help."

Flowers of Foyle is one of three projects competing to become the Grow Wild flagship site for Northern Ireland. The winner will receive £120,000 to realise their vision. Voting is now closed and the winner will be announced very shorlty. Read more about our finalists HERE.