"They didn't know we were seeds" Nurture Garden

Belfast and Lisburn Womens Aid

'They tried to bury us, but they didn't know we were seeds.' By creating a nurturing,relaxing,inspiring space at the resource centre, women and children visiting will be able to access a space solely for their healing.

Visitor Information

30 Adelaide Park
Belfast
BT9 6FY

This project is located at the resource centre for Belfast and Lisburn Women's Aid; where women and children experiencing domestic abuse can come to access advice and support. This nurture garden will be for both service users as well as Women's Aid staff and visitors to the building during its open hours of Mon-Fri 9-5pm.

Get involved

Volunteering opportunities / Upcoming events

We are beginning to prepare for our garden party on the 27th June and keen for any help/donations to help make it a big success for the women and children- offers such as materials for crafts, or any local businesses who could help with catering- please get in touch with Lucie at 07808506237.

Get in touch

Contact information

[email protected] 02890 666049/ 07808506237

Our partners

Photos of the site

Above view of the garden-before

Friday, March 8, 2019

Silver birch standing guard

Friday, March 8, 2019

The yard-before

Friday, March 8, 2019

Help from our furry friends!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Removal of turf begins!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Contemplating the turf mound

Monday, April 15, 2019

ready for recycling

Monday, April 15, 2019

peppa keeps watch

Monday, April 15, 2019

Window boxes with TCV

Monday, April 29, 2019

window boxes with TCV

Monday, April 29, 2019

window boxes with TCV

Monday, April 29, 2019

window boxes with TCV

Monday, April 29, 2019

sunny day for making planters

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

donated plants rehomed

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

relaxed morning with volunteers

Monday, May 13, 2019

volunteers sowing seeds

Monday, May 20, 2019

wildflower seeds going in!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Raised bed getting prepped

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Raised bed getting prepped

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Planting pansies with group

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Wildflower plugs from Groundworks

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

wildflower plugs going in

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wildflower mural inspiration

Thursday, May 30, 2019

teenagers wildflower impressions

Thursday, May 30, 2019

womens garden art from craft day

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Teenagers wildflower mural

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Bluebell on mural

Thursday, June 6, 2019

poppy on mural

Thursday, June 6, 2019

teenagers mural taking shape

Thursday, June 6, 2019

teenagers mural taking shape

Thursday, June 6, 2019

some garden signs by young people

Thursday, June 6, 2019

seeds of hope

Thursday, June 13, 2019

rockery taking shape!

Monday, June 17, 2019

vegetable bed nearly ready!

Monday, June 17, 2019

signs painted by the women

Monday, June 17, 2019

sorting through donated plants

Saturday, June 22, 2019

an inspiring message in a teapot!

Monday, June 24, 2019

putting on the finishing touches

Monday, June 24, 2019

Grow Wild volunteers at Launch!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

volunteer tending to veg bed!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Launch party- seeds for takeaway

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Launch Party

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Launch party

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Launch Party- planters look great

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Launch Party- facepaint station

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Launch party- picnic table

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Launch party- drinks station

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Seeds to take home

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Botanical buns

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Womens Aid welcome speech!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Our wildflowes in full bloom

Monday, August 5, 2019

2 months on :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Rockery 2 months on

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

tomato plants doing well!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Recycled wheelbarrow enjoying sun

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

What we've been up to

What we did When we did it How many people took part Who was there
The big day! Please see photos and follow bbc news report to get a flavour of our wonderful launch party https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-north 27/09/2019 - 11:00 60 Mixed ages
Last day action stations! A day of painting, baking, cleaning and decorating for tomorrow! 26/09/2019 - 11:15 4 26 – 34 years
Worked on the garden to prepare for Launch, collected more donated flowers (thanks homebase!) and decorated the space for the party! 25/06/2019 - 10:15 4 26 – 34 years
Count down to the garden- met up with older womens group to discuss the plans for the launch. Painted our garden furniture 24/06/2019 - 16:15 10 Mostly adults 25+
'Build your own bug hotel' workshop with childrens group.We learnt about the bugs we find in the garden and why pollinators are important! 19/06/2019 - 16:00 14 Mostly families or children under 12
Starting to plan our party; we looked at music, bakes, and how we would make the event accessible for all. We also worked on the garden 17/06/2019 - 11:00 5 26 – 34 years
The last session working on our colourful mural with the young peoples group,lots of fun was had! Thanks to AnneMarie for facilitating this 13/06/2019 - 17:45 12 Mixed mainly 12-25 years
Second art workshop with Annemarie and the young women to design the mural 06/06/2019 - 09:15 9 Mixed ages
Second art workshop with Annemarie and the young women to design the mural 06/06/2019 - 09:15 9 Mixed ages
Volunteers met for garden session and a tidy of the rockery 10/06/2019 - 11:00 4 26 – 34 years
Women spent day creating art for the garden- windchimes, painted pots, lightcatchers,dreamcatchers. Young people continued wildflower mural 06/06/2019 - 10:00 20 Mixed ages
Started a three week programme on wildflower art with our young persons group; facilitated by Annemarie Taggart local artist. Work on mural 30/05/2019 - 18:00 8 12 – 15 years
Continued with our garden meet-up; planted wildflower plugs and other donated plants put in 29/05/2019 - 10:30 5 Mixed ages
Met Stephanie to collect wildflower plugs (thanks Groundworks NI) to plant in our wildflower meadow 28/05/2019 - 14:30 2 Mostly adults 25+
Our friends at Loveworks Coop built a raised bed- time to get planting more seeds! 23/05/2019 - 13:00 3 Mostly adults 25+
Wildflower seeds sown onto the newly prepared soil- thanks Ecoseeds! 20/05/2019 - 11:00 3 Mostly adults 25+
Began planting donated flowers and decorating pots 13/05/2019 - 11:00 7 Mostly adults 25+
Created a planter for donated seeds with our young womens group and TCV 08/05/2019 - 13:00 5 20 – 25 years
Began preparation of soil for wildflower seeds to be sown 18/04/2019 - 13:00 4 Mostly adults 25+
Removal of turf began- big group effort. Many thanks to Rebekah at TCV and Stephanie from Grow Wild for getting stuck in with the spades too 15/04/2019 - 11:00 7 Mostly adults 25+
TCV delivered a fantastic workshop with our Forever Young group- colourful window boxes ready for planting! 29/04/2019 - 11:45 20 65 + years
This week with the Spring finally showing its face we began our digging of the site. Big thanks to volunteers Miriam, Danielle and Kathryn! 04/08/2019 - 11:30 4 26 – 34 years
Initial meeting with Stephanie to discuss the vision for the project and looking at timelines, contacts and ideas to kick start the project! 27/02/2019 - 10:30 3 Mostly adults 25+