Unique Garden of Senses opens in Larne

At the official opening of the garden are, from left: David Hunter, Vivienne Walsh, Mayor Councillor Maureen Morrow, Kim Wallace, Katherine Houston, Craig Alexander, Anne Taylor, Nathaniel Dickson, and Dr Michael van der Merwe
At the official opening of the garden are, from left: David Hunter, Vivienne Walsh, Mayor Councillor Maureen Morrow, Kim Wallace, Katherine Houston, Craig Alexander, Anne Taylor, Nathaniel Dickson, and Dr Michael van der Merwe

An innovative Garden of Senses - designed and developed by young people in Larne - has been officially opened by the Mayor of Mid and; East Antrim, Councillor Maureen Morrow.

Hosted by Access Employment Ltd. (AEL) at the Larne Community Hub, the garden is the first community project completed through the Fresh Frontiers Youth Exchange Programme.


Fresh Frontiers is an exciting cross community youth development programme delivered by LEDCOM. The project is part of Mid and East Antrim Councils £3m Local Authority Action Plan, which is financed through the EU’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.


Speaking at the event Mayor Maureen Morrow said:“I welcome the initiative and enthusiasm shown by the Larne participants in the Larne Garden of Senses project. It’s a very positive community effort from local young people”.


The Fresh Frontiers Programme offers young people the opportunity to enhance their personal development through promoting good relations, respect for diversity, and building relations with community and business leaders.


The free programme provides participants with: training (in good relations, interpersonal skills, communication and presentation skills, conflict resolution and confidence building); accredited training (in L2 First Aid and L2 Food Safety); a three day cross border cultural awareness visit to Donegal; practical work experience in a voluntary work placement; one-to-one mentoring, and; the chance to help lead a community project with a £1,000 budget.


LEDCOM will soon be launching Fresh Frontiers for the Ballymena and Carrickfergus areas.


LEDCOM’s Fresh Frontiers Programme Manager Dr Michael van der Merwe said, “Fresh Frontiers is an excellent opportunity for young people to get involved in their local community and enhance the capacity for peace building and community relations within the Borough. LEDCOM is excited to be delivering Fresh Frontiers in partnership with the Mid and East East Antrim PEACE IV Partnership.

"We congratulate all the Larne participants and look forward to recruiting in the Ballymena and Carrickfergus areas”.


Match funding for the Council’s Action Plan has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development in Ireland.


For further information, or to register for this free programme, contact Catherine Henderson on 028 2826 9973, or email catherine.henderson@ledcom.org.