Saintfield - Wild and Wonderful

Saintfield Development Association

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.

Visitor Information

Belfast Road
Saintfield
Ballynahinch
County Down
BT24 7DG

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.

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Volunteering opportunities / Upcoming events

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!

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Photos of the site

Meeting EcoSeeds Mark Bryson (L)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Plan of planting site

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

View in direction of Carryduff

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

View of site from across road

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Discussing ground preparation

Friday, February 26, 2016

The site gets its first spray

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Planting area pegged out [1]

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Planting area pegged out [2]

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Grass cut and raked into heaps

Friday, April 8, 2016

Grass bagged ready for collection

Friday, April 8, 2016

Bags in van ready for removal

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Grow Wild banner on display!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Removing recent litter from site

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Weedkiller taking effect [1]

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Weedkiller taking effect [2]

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Dock weed root removal holes

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rotavating the site [1]

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Rotavating the site [2]

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Schoolchildren sowed the seeds

Friday, May 27, 2016

Wee ones helped too!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Don't walk on the wild flowers!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wild flowers ...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wild flowers ...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wild flowers ...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wild flowers ...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wild flowers ...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wild flowers ...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wild flowers ...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wild flowers ...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Feature in our own Newsletter

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Seed sorting greenhouse escapee!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New wild flower site 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 Grow Wild seedlings planted

Thursday, April 27, 2017

What we've been up to

What we did Date How many people took part Who was there
Planting event with Saintfield school 27/04/2017 - 13:15 12 12 – 15 years
We had a feature on Grow Wild in our own newsletter "Saintfield News" which we hand deliver to 1350 homes in our village, Saintfield. 01/09/2016 - 13:15 20 Mixed ages
Photographing the wild flowers in full bloom. 11/08/2016 - 14:00 7 Mixed ages
Local children of all ages sowed wild flower seeds on the prepared sites 27/05/2016 - 11:00 20 Mixed ages
Local contractor used rotavator to break up the area to be planted with wild flowers. Group members removed stones and raked off grass. 25/05/2016 - 09:45 2 Mixed ages
The Grow Wild banner was erected and litter was removed from the site as part on Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful's Big Spring Clean 14/05/2016 - 10:00 2 Mixed ages
Prepared site by cutting long grass, bagging it and removing it 08/04/2016 - 14:00 3 Mixed ages
Attended Grow Wild training event. 3 discussion groups followed by practical sessions soil testing, sowing and plot management. Very useful 02/04/2016 - 10:00 2 Mixed ages
On-site meeting with Mark Bryson of EcoSeeds Ltd to discuss possible planting schemes. 04/02/2016 - 14:00 4 Mixed ages
Sprayed our chosen area in preparation for wild flower planting. 22/03/2016 - 13:00 3 Mixed ages
Pegged out area for planting of wild flowers. 22/03/2016 - 14:00 3 Mixed ages
Four members of SDA met at the site with local contractor Maurice Graham to discuss ground preparation and planting schemes. 26/02/2016 - 15:00 5 Mixed ages
Green Saintfield Committee asked full committee for approval of native wild flower planting project. This was approved unanimously. 08/02/2016 - 19:30 23 Mixed ages
At a meeting of SDA's Green Saintfield Committee the committee chose the Comber Road/Belfast Road junction as a suitable project area. 14/01/2016 - 19:30 8 Mixed ages
Our Landscape Master Plan was developed and it earmarked several areas in Saintfield that are suitable for environmental projects. 05/01/2015 - 19:30 6 Mixed ages