Description of chosen placeDerelict and overgrown waste land, signs of previous community engagement via a mural (now grubby and peeling). Strewn with rubbish, weeds and a general air of neglect and abandon. Positioned at a busy intersection near to the Castlereagh Road, Castlereagh Street and Bloomfield Avenue as well as being a green space easily accessible by many living in nearby housing.
What do you imagine the space could be?A 10 minute walk down the road takes you past the old Owen O’Cork mill (Bloomfield Mill), the GP practice that stands nearby is known by the name Linen Court. East Belfast once housed some of the linen production that gave the city its nickname, ‘Linenopolis’. This industry is now extinct, evident only in derelict remains and place names. Bringing linen back into the community could draw on a positive heritage and inspire community engagement. The waste land at Clandeboye Street could be used for growing flax and plants used in natural dying. Local communities can learn about this process and become involved and learn how to process the flax to create a linen fibre and even engage in weaving. Linenopolis may once again emerge…
Submitted byMaya Todd
February 19, 2023