The Flax Field installation, commissioned by the Linen Quarter Business Improvement District, includes seven high-quality metal planters and two seating modules that can be installed in various configurations.

Originally launched on Bedford Square during the 2019 National Gardening Week by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr. Deirdre Hargey, the Flax Field installation was installed with the help of local primary schoolchildren from St. Malachy’s Primary.

Councillor Deirdre Hargey said: “This installation is representative of the major improvements being made throughout the Linen Quarter. I am delighted to be here today to help the very talented gardeners from St Malachy’s Primary School launch National Gardening Week. The new planters are a beautiful addition to Bedford Square which will help improve the city experience, one of the aims of the Belfast Agenda for the city for nearby workers and those sampling the area’s thriving hospitality offerings.”

Chris McCracken, Managing Director of Linen Quarter BID, said Flax Field will contribute to making Bedford Square an attractive area for the local community:

“The Linen Quarter is a historically rich area of Belfast that has so much to offer. LQ BID is working with partners right across the public and private sector to champion the District. Over the next five years, we aim to act as a catalyst to huge improvements in the area’s transport, living, working, and socialising opportunities, and as a first step we are delighted to introduce this urban oasis into the heart of the city. The opportunity to launch National Gardening Week for Northern Ireland at Flax Field is a real indication of the Linen Quarter’s growing popularity.”

In 2022 the installation was relocated to Blackstaff Square due to planned repaving works on Bedford Square.

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