New men’s project set up in Ballymagroarty

A new men’s group has been set up in the Ballymagroarty Hazelbank Area with 16 local men from the area getting together to plan activities and projects to keep themselves active and help improve the quality of life in the Ballymagroarty Hazelbank Area.

The group whose name is The Holy Family Men’s Group, is being assisted by Ballymagroarty Hazelbank Community Partnership.

The group are interested to hear from any men living in the area who would like to get involved in community projects in the area. The group have already organised fishing days for local adults and children in local stocked lakes. They are now planning to develop a community garden in a local piece of derelict land and could use the help of local men to get the land in shape for planting. There will also be the opportunity to learn about the growing of all types of vegetables as the group will be organising a beginners course in horticulture using the piece of land as the classroom. So if you can spare some time and lots of energy the group would like to hear from you and will guarantee that there will be plenty of craic in carrying out the project not just hard work!

Gareth Austen, resident horticulturist on Mark Patterson’s Radio Foyle show has already met with the group and is advising them on the project.

Martin Gallagher, Manager of Ballymagroarty Hazelbank Community Partnership, said: “It’s great to see this group of local men so enthusiastic about working to improve their area.

“ I’ve no doubt that the community garden will be a huge sucess and will be the first of many projects that this group will deliver.”

If you are interested in getting involved in this project please contact Paul Rankin at Ballymagroarty Hazelbank Community Partnership, 2 Dunluce Court, Ballymagroarty. Tel: 028 7127 1977.