Whitemountain & District Community Association (WDCA) recently held a free thank you event for local volunteers that have been involved in projects this year.
Held in conjunction with The Little Green Allotments on Whitemountain Road, the guest star was none other than Santa Claus.
John Belshaw from WDCA commented: “WDCA is very grateful to the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) Community fund for the support for not only this thank you event but also for their support to a number of events we have held this year.
“Our largest project of course was the co-ordination of the addition of four sculptures to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency owned Belshaws Quarry Nature Reserve & Sculpture Park on Benson’s Road.
“We are indebted to the Alpha Programme, Groundwork NI and LCCC for their support to that unique project.
“In addition to being open to anyone with an interest in art or the environment, over two hundred college students alone have visited the site on educational tours in the past three months alone.”
Other LCCC Community Grant projects have included a very successful Art Workshop in August and The Limestone Way ramble as part of BBC Children in Need weekend.
To close the year off, WDCA is planning a bio-diversity improvement day at Belshaw’s Quarry Nature Reserve and Sculpture Park over the Christmas break on Saturday December 29. Although the team approach activities will start at 10am, helpers can come along at any time up to 3pm.