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Grey to Green: The BUG (Belfast’s Urban Garden)

Date: 25 April, 3 May and 7 June

Venue: Various locations

Category: Belfast Stories, Community, Free


The Conservation Volunteers are using our Grey to Green funding to transform a section of the Belfast Stories site on Royal Avenue and Kent Street into The BUG, Belfast’s Urban Garden into a community garden, incorporating polytunnels, raised planters and vegetable beds.

They’re be engaging with diverse minority groups, including individuals facing mental health challenges.

This initiative aims to enhance biodiversity, combat pollution and improve the city centre’s overall appeal and liveability of the city centre. We also anticipate positive and enduring mental health and wellbeing outcomes for those who participate in the community garden. The Conservation Volunteers (link opens in new window) will be scheduling up to four closed gardening groups weekly, either for one-off workshops or for an eight-week programme on a weekly basis throughout the summer.

They’re also planning to host an open volunteering group on Saturdays, providing volunteers with the opportunity to engage in ongoing gardening activities.

Get involved

Dive into the Festival of Learning!

Thursday 25 April, 10am to 11am and 1pm to 2pm

Uncover the secrets of successful vegetable planting and nurturing with us. Email to register.

The BUG (Belfast’s Urban Garden) public launch

Friday 3 May, 11am to 3pm

Join in the festivities, plant your own sunflower, and explore the wonders of our urban community garden.

Big Help Out volunteer day

Friday 7 June

Mark your calendar for the Big Help Out volunteer day. Come on down to the community garden, extend a helping hand and make a positive impact in your community.

Get in touch

For more information, email to contact The Conservation Volunteers.

More information

Find out more about our grey to green city centre fund

Find out more about Belfast Stories (link opens in new window)

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