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Ballygawley Gardeners Rewarded With Rosettes

04 December 2015

Gardeners at the Ballygawley Nature Garden were recently awarded prizes for their achievements, with rosettes presented by Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan.

The winners were recognised for their growing success, with everything from best kept beds to the most colourful plots being judged.

The garden focuses on biodiversity, local food growing and sustainable consumption and consists of a small wildlife area with a number of raised beds for community growing.

It was developed by the Council in consultation with Ballygawley Area Development Association and the local community and received funding under the Landfill Communities Fund through Groundwork NI.

All seven of the growing spaces have been rented out to local residents who are growing a range of produce and who receive guidance and practical support from The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) thanks to Public Health Agency funding.

The prize winners were:

Overall best kept raised bed

1st - Christina McCartney

2nd - Jana Musilova

Best use of space

1st - Christina McCartney

2nd - Michael McGarvey

Most colourful plot

1st - Rosealeen McKeown

2nd - Joan Tallon

Quality and Variety of Vegetables grown

1st - Christina McCartney

Joint 2nd - Maureen McKeever and Una Hughes

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the garden should contact Yvonne Zellmann, Sustainability Manager with the Council, on 03000 132 132 or click here for more information.

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