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A community, cleaning, painting, planting up; creating a wonderful place to live with flowers and Eco themed murals in hidden alley spaces

by Blooming Waterside in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Blooming Waterside

Mid Waterside Residents Association are a group of volunteers who are crowd funding in order to Clean Up, Paint Up and Plant Up in the alleyways around the mid Waterside area. We want to create hidden spaces of biodiversity planting blooming lovely flowers and we want to work together to create beautiful murals , we want our Alleyways to aspire to be Avenues, a place for ALL.  We would really appreciate your donations. No amount is too small. 

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Changing the Culture

 We hope that by initiating the project and taking ownership of the area  and creating a community ethos we can make people think about our shared spaces, we hope by changing the culture of how back alley laneways are used that we can decrease the problem of fly tipping, dog fouling, littering and antisocial behaviours with the area. We would love this dream to become a reality and would welcome any help you can give us in transforming the mid waterside area. Thank you for your help.

A sense of place

The Mid Waterside Resident Association is a voluntary charity made up of a cross community group of residents in the  Mid Waterside Interface Area, Derry/Londonderry, NI. The residents reside in Benvarden,  Dervock, Primrose and Upper and lower Violet Street  The street names paint a picture of the historical. landscape of the area ; Dervock means a small townland, Benvarden probably relates to a green hill area and Primrose and Violet street conjures images of native wildflower fields that  existed before the victorian terrace houses urbanised the area .

About Us

We initially came together in order to clean up the intersecting back alleyways which fall into a no mans land of ownership. and are constantly being used as a dumping ground.  We quickly  realised that the  formation of the group has brought the community together.  Neighbours of all ages, religions and nationalities who have lived beside each other for years but did not know each other were now working together  to make the mid waterside area  a clean, welcoming, safe, friendly, inclusive place to live. 

Pride in Our Area

By taking pride in our area we aim to create a vibrant civic community that not only  enhances the physical environment but also betters relationships and lived experiences within the community. We have seen how coming together as a residents group and working cross community and intergenerational for the betterment of the area gives residents pride in their community; it gives ownership of where we live and  makes us all responsible citizens, it decreases loneliness and isolation particularly with older residents and encourages intergenerational, cross community and cultural relationships in the area, 

Our Aim

Blooming Waterside

With the money we raise from crowdfunding we aim to  make our area a safe, inclusive and more beautiful place  to live in. Initially we will use funds to freshen up houses by painting some street facing and alley facing walls.  We aim to transform the back allyways into lanes by  planting blooming beautiful back alleyway gardens, thereby encouraging residents to use the otherwise dead spaces and alleyways as an actual integral part of our lived environment . With planting wildflower spaces in the alleyways we are not only  encouraging biodiversity within the area,  we will also  create beautiful walking areas, a new public domain that residents of all ages will use and be proud off. We intend to work with street artists such as UV Arts and possibly a visiting  artist to also create some welcoming beautiful community designed murals that both compliments the biodiversity ethics and also encourages people to look after there lived space.  

Mural 'The Youn Poet'  , Mark Worst (Scotland)

Pic 'The Young Poet' Mark Worst, Scotland

Thank you for taking the time to read about out plans. Please Share and encourage people to both donate and get involved. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 thanked in Social Media

A £20 reward will see donor acknowledgement in social media

£50 or more

£50 Thank You in Press

A £50 reward will see acknowledgement of donation in printed literature, press and social media and a certificate of acknowledgement

£100 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward - Plant planted named for donor

An Award of 100 will see a tree/plant planted named for the Donor Reward will see acknowledgement of donation in printed literature, press and social media and a certificate of acknowledgement

£500 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£500 Flower in Mural

A Pledge of 500 will allow the donor to design a flower to be included some where within the mural Reward will see acknowledgement of donation in printed literature and social media and a certificate of acknowledgement

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1000 Reward

A pledge of £1000 will be able to work with group to name the Urban Garden Area The Reward will also see a bench in the Garden named for the Donor A tree/plant will also be planted in the area named for the Donor The Reward will see acknowledgement of donation in printed literature and social media and a certificate of acknowledgement The donor will be invited to launch the mural at a press launch

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