Cornfield Project’s challenge was how to maximise the potential of their evolving Cornfield Project – a transformational site set between the local communities of Ballysally & Millburn in Coleraine. This once disused and unloved area is now the Kew Gardens/Grow Wild flagship site for Northern Ireland in 2016, undergoing a complete transformation of the area. The aim of the project has always been two-fold:
- to have a beautiful natural environmental area in the heart of a built-up residential zone and
- to engage a hugely diverse range of people in the site with related activities.
Through the Techies in Residence project we have already made significant impact having developed and implemented an interactive digital engagement platform which has currently three main benefits:
- The provision of an interactive story trail using QR codes to encourage families and children to visit and take them on a fun and inspiring tour of the site, increasing their appreciation of nature and allowing them to explore all the various site areas.
- The delivery of an online donation tool where all visitors to the site are encouraged to donate to the ongoing Cornfield development activities.
- The development of an initial wire-frame basic set-up for the hosting of a Membership Services Area – this is a crucial aspect of the work as this area will host educational resources for primary schools (the first of these is currently under development through a project with the Ulster University and local schools). The resources will be made available to local schools through an annual subscription model which will generate an ongoing income to support the project’s sustainability in the long-term