Video: Allotments snapped up at Bellaghy’s former RUC station

The rear of the former RUC station in Bellaghy has been turned into allotments in the first stage of the redevelopment of the Main Street property.

Bellaghy Villages Regeneration Group (BVRG), which was set up in June of last year, are behind the work.

All 17 allotments have been allocated to local people and groups and it is anticipated that Bellaghy will begin holding regular street markets this year as outlet for the new growers and gardeners.

Funding for project came from Magherafelt District Council.

Group chairperson Damien McConomy said they intended to explore links with other rengeration groups including neighbourhood Castledawson.

Bellaghy Baptist Church pastor Herbie Wilson, an enthusiastic gardener, said the allotments were a great idea that helped to bring the community together.

There are big plans for the site over the coming year, including an arts centre dedicated to the late poet Seamus Heaney and community facility.