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New Leaf Compost 'brings brightness' to those shielding due to COVID-19

As many continue to shield due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we partnered with national charity The Conservation Volunteers to gift window boxes to elderly and vulnerable people cross Northern Ireland.

The initiative will see 200 fully planted window boxes, containing New Leaf Compost, distributed to people living in Ballymena, Coleraine, Derry, Lurgan, Armagh, Donaghcloney, Warrenpoint, and Gortin.

Coronavirus has taught us many things including the importance of community and wellbeing, both of which are among our core values.

It is humbling to know that our contribution through this project is making a hugely positive impact on people as they cope with what will be among the most challenging periods of their lives.

Not only that but the compost is made using materials collected from within the very communities that are now benefiting!

Dianne Keys from The Conservation Volunteers added said the containers had “brought a welcome brightness to many windowsills and door steps during these strange times, especially to those who have been isolated at home.”

Helen of Donaghcloney Community Gardeners is among those to have received a window box.

She said: “These window boxes are just wonderful. It has brought a much needed splash of colour to my doorstep whilst I’ve been shielding. I love the ‘little nugget’ hidden in the middle of the flower box - a strawberry plant. What a great idea. Many thanks to the TCV team and everyone involved in producing these boxes of smiles.”

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