Groundwork Northern Ireland

Links environmental, social and economic regeneration to sustainable development

Groundwork Northern Ireland is one of a network of over 40 independent charitable trusts operating throughout the United Kingdom, collectively investing over £40 million each year in community based environmental regeneration.

The trust works in partnership with the public, private and voluntary sectors and the local community to devise programmes which link environmental, social and economic regeneration to sustainable development. Such programmes include:

Turf Lodge Welcome Stone, West Belfast
The Welcome Stone is a sculpture by artist Farhad Nargol O’Neill celebrating the history of the Turf Lodge housing estate, while simultaneously enhancing the appearance of the estate. It is the result of a successful partnership between Groundwork NI (The Greencare Project), the Upper Springfield Development Trust’s Arts Unit and Turf Lodge Residents Association.

Short Strand Mosaic, East Belfast
The Short Strand Mosaic is part of a large-scale environmental project to develop a safe route to local amenities behind Short Strand Community Centre. Local Girl Guides designed and constructed the mosaic, and children from St Matthews Primary School helped to plant shrubs and trees.

Bleach Green Entrance Feature, Newtownabbey
The area was redeveloped with the help of Bleach Green Residents Association and pupils from St James and King’s Park Primary Schools. It was funded by the Newtownabbey Environmental Initiative and the Barclays SiteSavers project.

Ligoniel Village Entrance Feature, North Belfast
Ligoniel Village entrance is an excellent example of the partnership approach to environmental regeneration, with Groundwork NI, Ligoniel Improvement Association, St Vincent de Paul, Metal Imagineers, Bryson House and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive working together to improve the local environment.

Community Art in Action, East Belfast
The Groundwork NI Youth Environment Programme concluded its first year with a cross community arts event. Children from inner-city east Belfast and the Short Strand area took part in a synchronised painting of both sides of the Madrid Street security gates. The programme won the 2003 Charity Award.

© Groundwork Northern Ireland 2004