Gallery: Opening of Killowen community garden in Magherafelt

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Residents of the Killowen estate in Magherafelt are hoping to make the most of the summer evenings enjoying their new community garden.

After a lengthy delay, owing to poor weather at the beginning of the year, work has been completed on a £10,000 transformation of an overgrown plot of land on the estate, which belongs to the Housing Executive.

Housing Executive staff, elected representatives and members of Killowen Drive Residents Association pictured at the opening of the community garden.

Housing Executive staff, elected representatives and members of Killowen Drive Residents Association pictured at the opening of the community garden.

The garden was first proposed by the Killowen Drive Residents Association in 2013 with the Housing Executive in favour of the plan, however it had reached a stalemate, and work on the project had ceased.

But now the garden has been paved and timber pergolas have also been built, curved lawns created and 20 different species of trees planted to attract wildlife, especially birds, with bird boxes and feeders positioned on newly planted trees. A seating area has also been provided for residents.