See our transformation
Our site is a neglected area including a foot path on a steep bank adjacent to a busy road. It is very prominent, traffic washed position and not machine friendly.
What we're doing
We are aiming to promote biodiversity, by linking farm and hedge landscapes to the village and creating a visual treat for visitors and residents.
How to get involved
We need lots of help from experts and those with strong arms to help with weed suppression, clearing and planting. Please contact us so we can share the work and reward!
Who can enjoy our site
The footpath through site is used by school children and public going to the local bus stop. Motorists passing by will also see the transformation. The site's prominence will improve Saintfield's environment for all.
About this video
Contractor rotavating the site in preparation for wild flower seed sowing.
See this group's activities and events using UK native plants
|Name of activity||Activity category||Date||What happened||Number of people||Age range|
|Planting new wild flower site||Event||27/04/2017 - 13:15||Planting event with Saintfield school||12||12 – 15 years|
|Grow Wild feature in our own newsletter||Press release||01/09/2016 - 13:15||We had a feature on Grow Wild in our own newsletter "Saintfield News" which we hand deliver to 1350 homes in our village, Saintfield.||20||Mixed ages|
|Viewing the results of our hard work!||Event||11/08/2016 - 14:00||Photographing the wild flowers in full bloom.||7||Mixed ages|
|Seed Sowing Begins!||Work on site||27/05/2016 - 11:00||Local children of all ages sowed wild flower seeds on the prepared sites||20||Mixed ages|
|Rotavating the site||Contractor||25/05/2016 - 09:45 to 11:00||Local contractor used rotavator to break up the area to be planted with wild flowers. Group members removed stones and raked off grass.||2||Mixed ages|
|Grow Wild banner erected and recent litter removed||Work on site||14/05/2016 - 10:00 to 12:00||The Grow Wild banner was erected and litter was removed from the site as part on Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful's Big Spring Clean||2||Mixed ages|
|Grass cutting||Work on site||08/04/2016 - 14:00||Prepared site by cutting long grass, bagging it and removing it||3||Mixed ages|
|Attended "Grow Wild" Training Event||Event||02/04/2016 - 10:00 to 13:00||Attended Grow Wild training event. 3 discussion groups followed by practical sessions soil testing, sowing and plot management. Very useful||2||Mixed ages|
|On-site meeting with contractor||Planning||04/02/2016 - 14:00 to 15:00||On-site meeting with Mark Bryson of EcoSeeds Ltd to discuss possible planting schemes.||4||Mixed ages|
|Spraying area to be planted||Event||22/03/2016 - 13:00 to 14:00||Sprayed our chosen area in preparation for wild flower planting.||3||Mixed ages|
|Pegging out planting area||Event||22/03/2016 - 14:00 to 15:00||Pegged out area for planting of wild flowers.||3||Mixed ages|
|Site Visit With Contractor||Planning||26/02/2016 - 15:00 to 16:00||Four members of SDA met at the site with local contractor Maurice Graham to discuss ground preparation and planting schemes.||5||Mixed ages|
|Full committee meeting of SDA||Planning||08/02/2016 - 19:30||Green Saintfield Committee asked full committee for approval of native wild flower planting project. This was approved unanimously.||23||Mixed ages|
|Meeting of SDA's Green Saintfield Committee||Planning||14/01/2016 - 19:30||At a meeting of SDA's Green Saintfield Committee the committee chose the Comber Road/Belfast Road junction as a suitable project area.||8||Mixed ages|
|Development of Landscape Master Plan||Planning||05/01/2015 - 19:30 to 17/04/2015 - 12:00||Our Landscape Master Plan was developed and it earmarked several areas in Saintfield that are suitable for environmental projects.||6||Mixed ages|