Site of old Coalisland Weaving Factory to be transformed into community garden

The site of the former Coalisland Weaving Factory
The site of the former Coalisland Weaving Factory

Lottery funding is to transform the site of the old weaving factory in Coalisland into a recreation area for the local community.

Coalisland Training Services, in partnership with Kew Gardens and the Big Lottery Fund, will use the award to create a project called ‘Weaver’s Walk’ on the quarter-acre site.

The initiative, on the site of what was once a thriving factory dating back to the 19th century, will see students, trainees, community groups and volunteers work together to transform the neglected area into a space with native flowers and shrubs, a walkway and seating.

Richard Thornton, from Coalisland Training Services Limited, said: “We can’t wait to get going with this – the plan is to spruce up the local area and having a lot of fun while bringing new skills to people, and getting the community involved.

“Grow Wild is a brilliant project and we are delighted that our wild flower ideas have received support from Kew and the Big Lottery Fund.”

The project is one of 12 across Northern Ireland awarded Grow Wild funding.