Brendan Patterson, project leader at The Cornfield Project said

“We are absolutely thrilled to have won the public vote to become Grow Wild’s flagship site for Northern Ireland. We have received an incredible amount of support for The Cornfield Project for which we’re very grateful. We can’t wait to get started on the project and bring the estates of Millburn and Ballysally together to improve their surroundings, bring new skills and development to the area.”

Stephanie Baine, Grow Wild Northern Ireland Partnership Manager said: 

“This is a huge achievement for the team behind The Cornfield Project and the community in Coleraine, and shows what can happen when a community is inspired to transform and make the most of its spaces using wild flowers. Each of our Grow Wild Flagship project applications in Northern Ireland demonstrated great passion for their communities, but The Cornfield Project has captured the hearts and minds of the public to win this national vote and secure the Grow Wild funding.”

Frank Hewitt, Northern Ireland Chair of the Big Lottery Fund said:

“Grow Wild is all about bringing people together to improve their environment and benefit their communities, and The Cornfield Project is a perfect example of how this can be achieved. At the Big Lottery Fund we want to support people and communities to improve the places where they live. The Cornfield Project has already begun delivering this ambition through the public vote and it promises to create a fantastic project that will bring a splash of colour to this community space.”

Claire Sugden MLA, Local politician, said

“I am delighted for the Project!  Congratulations to the team for getting the project across the line.  The project will now transform an unused and neglected space into a beautiful place of colour and nature for the communities of Ballysally and Millburn.  It is a wonderful achievement, all those involved should be very proud and I really can’t wait to visit the new Cornfield. 

Geoffrey Moffett of Development & Digital Agency Triovia Media said

“I would like to congratulate the team behind The Cornfield Project on their well earned winning of the Grow Wild public vote. We have enjoyed leading the digital marketing campaign for this project over the past 2 months and are very pleased to learn that the hard work put in by project managers Billy Ellis and Brendan Patterson has paid off.  We wish Billy and Brendan, and all behind The Cornfield Project every success in taking this project forward.”

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