Community Project
Saintfield Development Association

Saintfield - Wild and Wonderful

Our group is a

voluntary or community organisation

We are in

Belfast Road
Saintfield
Ballynahinch
County Down
BT24 7DG

See our transformation

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

Our challenge

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.

Video

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
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