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Peter J. Martin
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Bangor - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Residents and local politician determined to get their hands dirty

Wednesday 11th April 2018

For a while now ‘The Plantation’ has been a secret oasis in the middle of Ballymacormick but it is now sadly in need of some tender loving care. I’m delighted that a group of local residents have come forward with the passion and drive to see this area transformed.

Residents and local politician determined to get their hands dirty

I’m currently working with this group who intend to apply for a ‘Live Here, Love Here’ grant which, if successful, could really enhance the area as a local beauty spot and environmental oasis for local wildlife. For me personally it’s great to be part of an initiative in my own local area and I’m looking forward to getting practically involved with some of the hard graft that will hopefully start to transform the area in the summer months. We are already making great progress and I have secured a commitment from Council to upgrade and repair the tarmac path which leads through the glade. 

Local resident John Rodgers

“A local fellow has been walking his dog in the Plantation for a few years now and he saw the potential that a rejuvenated Plantation held for the community. He decided to do something about it and, after canvassing opinion in the neighbourhood, he formed a Facebook group to generate interest and motivate people to come together and get some action.  A small group met recently with Councillor Peter Martin to identify opportunities for improvement and identified an initial wish list that included repairing the path, tidying up the trees, creation of leafy glade areas, keeping an area for wild flowers and greenery and some sort of information about the history of the plantation and the area” 

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