Holywood - Growing Wild and Plastic Free

Holywood Shared Town

Growing wildflowers throughout Holywood, to decorate natural material bags for life, with the objective of raising awareness of the benefits of wildflowers and to encourage the community to use less plastic bags.

Visitor Information

20 Jacksons Road
BT18 9EZ

The sites for planting include:-
Redburn Community Centre
Redburn Cemetery
Holywood Men's Shed

Get involved

Volunteering opportunities / Upcoming events

1st - Planting seeds with Redburn over 55s group + toddler group @ Redburn Com Centre
8th - Continue @ Redburn Com Centre
12th - Planting wild garlic @ Holywood Mens Shed with members and local scouts

18th - Prepare land for planting @ Seapark
25th - Planting seeds @ Seapark stage 1. Preparation of land stage 2

1st - Seed Planting stage 2
8th - completion @ Seapark

27th - Planting plugs @ Redburn Cemetery

Get in touch

Contact information

If you would like to be involved in this project, please contact Laura on: [email protected].com

Photos of the site

Forest Site at Holywood Mens Shed

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Project begins - Community Centre

Monday, April 1, 2019

Many hands make light work

Monday, April 8, 2019

Under the microscope

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Hard Graft

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Preparing the Land at Seapark

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Making Seed Mix

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Special Supervision at Seapark

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Plugs are the Answer

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Preparation of Redburn Cemetery

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Summer is Blooming at Seapark

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Planting at Redburn Cemetery

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Working Together

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Our Youngest Volunteer

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Happy Results

Saturday, August 10, 2019

What we've been up to

What we did When we did it How many people took part Who was there
Planted out plugs which had been grown by Holywood Men's Shed in Redburn Cemetery. Group picnic. 27/07/2019 - 11:00 30 Mixed mainly families
Planted plugs in 2nd half of site. Litter pick. 08/06/2019 - 11:00 20 Mixed mainly families
weeding 2nd half of site and sowing seeds. Planting plugs in 1st half of site 01/06/2019 - 11:00 20 Mixed mainly families
Pulled weeds and planted seeds on 1 half of site. Dug out other half and put down compost. 25/05/2019 - 11:00 15 Mixed mainly families
Collected rubbish at Seapark. Dug out land (half of site). Put in compost supplied by council. 18/05/2019 - 11:00 25 Mixed mainly families
Site visit with council to ensure we are planting in accordance with their permission. Change to plan - no planters at Seapark due to H&S. 14/05/2019 - 11:00 4 Mostly adults 25+
Training completed on planting wildflower seeds and participation in nature art. 08/05/2019 - 11:00 3 Mixed ages
collection of wild garlic from Clandeboye to be transported to Redburn for Scouts to plant with Mens Sheders. 01/04/2019 - 11:00 10 Mixed ages
Planted seeds at Community Centre. Intergenerational project with Over 55s club and Oakey Dokey Day Care. Planting followed by Kimber Dance. 08/04/2019 - 10:15 60 Mixed ages
Preparation of planters at Community Centre with over 55s group. Seeds to be planted the following week. 21/08/2019 - 10:15 25 65 + years
Collection of seeds from EcoSeeds and training on best sowing method from Mark. 21/08/2019 - 10:15 1 26 – 34 years
Prototype planter created for Seapark site. 29/03/2019 - 09:45 3 Mostly adults 25+
Site surveys completed. Photos taken for EcoSeeds to get correct seed mix and permisson from council re our planned areas for planting. 26/03/2019 - 09:45 5 Mostly adults 25+
Met with Ulster weavers to discuss our ideas about printing wild flowers onto canvas bags to use instead of plastic bags around Holywood. 01/03/2019 - 15:00 3 Mostly adults 25+
Meeting with Grow Wild, Men's Shed and Community Centre to move the planting ideas forward. 01/03/2019 - 10:30 10 Mostly adults 25+