A group of South Belfast residents have come together to improve the local area through a major cleanup project on Lisden Road.
Last weekend, the Adelaide Residents Group decided to take advantage of the dry weather to clean up the alleyway in between Adelaide Avenue and Lisburn Avenue and create an entertaining space for their neighbors.
Dressed in hi-vis jackets, protective gloves and armed with brushes, garbage pickers, shovels and black bags, residents volunteered their time to clear dead leaves, excess weeds and leaves and sweep the entrance
A spokesman for the group told Belfast Live: “Good weather is in our favor and the goodwill of local residents is always by our side when it comes to any initiative aimed at improving the neighborhood.
“Keeping the place clean and tidy and just being proud of our surroundings has a big impact on people’s sense of well -being.
“We had a brilliant longing – the neighbors would get to know each other, get to know other ways they could help each other.”
They continued: “The Lisburn Road The area gets a diverse, multicultural, community of people who want to live to work and study in the city but hold the feeling of being a village.
“These neighborhood events really reinforce the sense of belonging and togetherness in the community.
“Everyone feels looked forward to, cared for, safer, and happier after being a part of these initiatives. It just does good to you and everyone.”
Residents, supported by Belfast City Council The Department of City and Neighborhood Awareness, was joined by Botanic councilor Gary McKeown who said the volunteers were “a brilliant group of people”.
“It’s something I work with in communities and I’ve noticed since the coronavirus came out a year and a half ago and while a lot of people work from home they notice the environment around them and realize the potential of the spaces that this, ”he explained.
“I worked with the group previously on the mural down at Adelaide Station which has been a canvas for graffiti for many years and removes the look of the place.
“They really do a lot of work to form planters and grow plants to make up for space and it’s something more people are realizing that only takes a little bit of confidence and organization.”
He emphasized the importance of the community work of people like the Adelaide Residents Group and how they bring life and morality to South Belfast.
He added: “We’ve found that there is a tendency to reduce crime and anti-social behavior because if an area looks neglected, it attracts neglect-I’ve even found in some entries that whenever homes are sold that the Agents use photographs of the entries as a point of sale.
“Residents of the area will be aware that many people travel through the railway station and want to make it more beautiful for them because they are proud of their place and want to encourage people to go to Lisburn Road.
“There’s a benefit for everyone who’s behind what they’re doing so it’s good to look at and a positive thing.”