The Conservation Volunteers are delighted to announce Donaghcloney Community Garden as Green Hero winners 2021.
The 'Cloney gardeners have seen off UK wide competition to receive this Hero Award.
Winners in the Outdoors and Active category, this small rural community group have created a fantastic hub garden in Donaghcloney for everyone to enjoy. Meeting twice a week the local volunteers are the heartbeat of this project, bringing energy and passion to make this a truly magical place.
Dianne Keys, TCV Operations Leader, said, "Donaghcloney Community Gardeners (DCG) have a strong motivation and drive to enhance their local green space and make it as accessible to everyone as possible for health and well-being benefits.
"Starting with just five volunteers, the DCGs have built their project to connect over 20 local volunteers on a weekly basis at the garden, as well as offering indirect support to their wider community.
"They have developed a community garden with a polytunnel, raised beds, fruit orchard, colourful flower displays and seating area for relaxation. I am delighted to nominate this group for a Green Hero award, it is an honour and delight to see the pride they take in making meaningful connections to everyone to promote community health and well-being, especially during the challenges of covid pandemic."
Every year, The Conservation Volunteers celebrate all of their volunteers with the TCV Hero Awards and turn the spotlight on a chosen few who are nominated as winners.
The organisation uses this opportunity to showcase what TCV volunteers achieve: for their own health and wellbeing or learning and skills, and for their community and the environment.