Thursday, 30 March 2017

Calling All Crafters!

Are you a keen knitter? Are you crafty and creative? If so, you may like to get involved in our Woollen Woods project.

Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead is the only Woollen Wood in Ireland! The Woollen Woods project, in partnership with Lighthouse Yarns, has been running since 2015 with hundreds of woodland-themed artworks, created by schools, knitting groups and individuals, installed in the wood each year and celebrated with a Grand Opening and fun day on site. We always welcome donations and your creation will be displayed in the woods for our 2017 Grand Opening and fun day on Saturday 24 June, 1pm – 4pm.

 The theme this year is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but any woodland themed creations are welcome.

Please send your crafty contributions to:
Woollen Woods
Lighthouse Yarns
Edward Road
BT38 9PT

You can also visit to find free patterns.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Live Here Love Here Litter Heroes

Thursday 16 February was a night of celebration as Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful held their first ever Live Here Love Here Community Awards. The event, hosted by Lesser Spotted Ulster star Joe Mahon, was filled with inspirational tales from volunteers who have and continue to instil pride in our local communities through practical environmental action. The Mid and East Antrim Litter Heroes Award was won by the Whitehead Wombles, who work tirelessly to keep Whitehead litter free, and  honorary mentions went to Elena Cully from Islandmagee and Trevor Dunlop from Connect Ministries, Ballymena. To find out more and to get involved visit 

Well done to all!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Ballymena and Cullybackey Britain in Bloom Bound

Ballymena and Cullybackey have been selected to compete in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017. Now in its 53rd year, Britain in Bloom has evolved into a UK-wide campaign that brings communities together while promoting the environmental and health and wellbeing benefits of gardening. Ballymena and Cullybackey will join 77 other Britain in Bloom finalists competing to be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.  Ballymena will be judged in the Large Town category. Cullybackey will be judged in the Large Village category. RHS Britain in Bloom judges will visit in August and the winners will be announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on 27 October.

Congratulations and good luck to all involved!